Gene editing could bust one of these seven fields wide open this year.
In 2017, biologists will try to use CRISPR to grow plastic, switch off Alzheimer's, kill viruses, enhance plants, untangle evolution, and more.
Over the next 30 years, we’re going to have to find ways feed another two billion people. That means we’re going to have to grow a lot more food—and fast. One way we might be able to do this is to engineer crops to be more resilient to things like weeds, pests, and drought, and to grow faster.