Inspired by nature: harnessing tools from microbes to engineer biology | Fei Ann Ran | TEDxVienna
Imagine being able to decode and manipulate the genome of any living organism. Taking inspiration from bacteria, we adapted a set of components, known as CRISPR, to edit the DNA of human cells. As we combine the diversity of nature with a bit of human imagination, we can create powerful molecular tools to enable ambitious applications for science, technology, and medicine.
Ann is a molecular biologist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. She has been working on adapting molecular machinery from microbes for genome editing applications in higher organisms, namely, developing tools to alter our DNA sequences.