Developing genetic technologies such as genome editing using the CRISPR technology for its potential danger can be similar to weapons of mass destruction. This view was made by the Director of National intelligence James Clapper, in his annual report on the evaluation of threats to the world community.
The technology of gene editing CRISPR to replace the method of introduction of the genome, which are all GMO, its potential danger in case of misuse, similar to weapons of mass destruction. About this in his annual report said the head of US National intelligence James Clapper.
In contrast to the widely used technology of introduction of alien genome to an existing organism, technology and CRISPR Cas-9 with the help of special proteins allow you to make changes at the DNA level in the cells of the body. They can detect a given DNA sequence in the human body, remove it and replace with a new chain developed by the genetic engineers, reports the scientific journal Nature.
Scientists believe that by using CRISPR will be able to avoid further transmission and spread of degenerative diseases at the gene level.
However, the national intelligence estimates that these technologies can be used not only for medical purposes.
“Given the widespread, low cost and the accelerated pace of development of this technology is dual-use, it deliberate or accidental misuse can lead to serious consequences for the economic and national security of the USA”, — stated in the report of the Clapper, published on the official website of his Department dni.gov.
According to the report, this conclusion was made based on the information and projections provided by the CIA, NSA and other U.S. intelligence agencies. The report notes that the basic components required for receiving the running tool CRISPR, can be purchased online for an amount not to exceed $60.
Clapper in his report concludes that the low level of ethical standards and professional oversight bodies outside of Western countries could lead to potentially dangerous bacteriological organisms or preparations.