Daniel Lemire is a computer science professor at the Data Science Laboratory of the Université du Québec (TÉLUQ) in Montreal. His research is focused on software performance and data engineering. He is a techno-optimist and a free-speech advocate.
We now have the technology to edit your genes, or the genes your babies. CRISPR-Cas9 allows us to edit individual genes in a cell. But editing genes might often be unnecessary for medical purposes: it might suffice to silence or express the gene. Researchers have come up with a new technique called CRISPRoff which might do just that.