Genetic scientists could attempt to create a unicorn, or a dragon, according to reports. Could somebody truly unleash a plague of swishy-haired, one-horned horses that (legend has it) fart small glittering clouds?
That is the scary possibility raised by new editing techniques that already exist, based on two geneticists.
Alta Charo of the University of Wisconsin and Hank Greely of Stanford School of Medicine state that gene-editing has by now created a glowing fish and a green rabbit.
In the essay CRISPR Critters and CRISPR Cracks, with reference to new gene-editing methods, they argue that a unicorn might be next.
They as well suggest that somebody could create an actual, Game of Thrones-style dragon.
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