NPR take a look at biotech’s billion dollar question: who should get the credit for discovering CRISPR?


An artist’s depiction of the CRISPR system in action.
Illustration by Stephen Dixon

“It has been called the biggest biotech breakthrough of our time. Now, patents and Nobel prizes loom, but many scientists in many labs contributed — some that continue to toil in obscurity.”

If you have three minutes to spare over your lunch break, the story of a Lithuanian laboratory and their place in the story of gene editing, which has been largely eclipsed by the US CRISPR patent drama, is well-worth a listen. 

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