In a nutshell – Kurzgesagt

My wife shared the following video about CRISPR with me earlier last week.

Basically, CRISPR is a gene editing technology that’s much cheaper, faster, and more accurate than prior technologies. Although it has yet to achieve a sufficiently low error rate to be widely applied to humans, the initial results are promising. The potential use cases of accurate gene editing to prevent disease and enhance humans are mind boggling.

I really liked the simplicity with which the video communicated an otherwise complex topic like CRISPR, how it works, and its potential implications. So I looked up the producer and found out that it’s the In a Nutshell – Kurzgesagt (Kurzgesagt means “In a nutshell” in German) group. They’re a small team who produce explanatory videos which distill complex scientific topics to their basics for us all to understand.

Since they’re a small team with limited resources, they currently produce only one video per month. With more money they could be more active. And that’s why they’re currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Patreon.

I think that they’re providing a very valuable service, so I decided to back them. Take a look at some of the videos they’ve produced. If you like what they’re doing, I hope that you’ll consider backing them as well.


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