CRISPR slipping into disillusionment?

Hype Cycle engInfluential author and broadcaster Adam Rutherford delivered a keynote at CRISPRcon2019, comparing the evolution of music with genetic technologies. The public attending the conference in Wageningen was asked not to record the presentation, but nothing prevents me from redoing one of his slides.

As you can see, this is the classic Hype Cycle representing the maturity of emerging technologies and, according to Rutherford, CRISPR is already going down into the Trough of Disillusionment, due to the CRISPR babies experiment in China.

If this is where genome editing really is, the excitement is probably set to fall further in the future. Social psychology and scientific research move at different pace, so let us wait for the Slope of Enlightenment to begin.

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