But that occurred in a time before a monumental, global upheaval in genetic engineering: the invention of CRISPR/Cas9 (or more simply "CRISPR") in 2012. CRISPR is a powerful genetic engineering tool, often referred to as a "pair of molecular scissors," because of how precisely it can cut and edit genes in almost any species.
And two years later, it would be CRISPR — and a turtle — that provided a Boston geneticist with a world-changing idea.... [portions removed]...
So in taming evolution, humanity is now the arbiter of the genetic realm. We've not just entered the game of genomes, we've ascended the throne. And though their release is likely several years away yet, our ability to craft CRISPR machines that drive species extinct or change them forever was something we could not have dreamed about just five years ago.
It isn't winter that's coming, but a revolutionary spring.
And I was being reckless by thinking maybe we could get by with murdering the mosquitoe.