One of the major concerns surrounding the use of some genetically engineered organisms is their potential escape into the wild. Using a CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technique, MIT researchers recently created a genetically encoded device (DNAi) that acts as a kill switch to destroy pre-selected genes in recombinant organisms, thus eliminating them if they should escape from their original environment.

Poll Question:
With more climate-induced droughts and insect infestations on the horizon do you think technologies like CRISPR will change a lot of people’s minds about GMOs, including genetically engineered foods?