Today’s society heavily emphasizes the importance of appearance, thereby influencing individuals to view aging in a negative light. CRISPR-Cas9 technology has the potential to combat the effects of aging via the upregulation of particular genes to protect telomeres. This article aims to investigate the anti-aging potential of genetic engineering as well as analyze bioethical concerns relating to CRISPR technology. Preliminary research in cell cultures, mice, worms, and flies have demonstrated the possibility of using gene therapy to slow the natural process of aging through the introduction of telomerase and neutralization of free radicals. However, concerns involving the legalization of genetic engineering question whether CRISPR-Cas9 technology is ethically responsible, considering environmental and economic implications.
"The New Fountain of Youth? The Anti-Aging Potential of Genome Editing,"
Horizons: Vol. 5
, Article 24.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/horizons/vol5/iss1/24