Genome editing capabilities have significantly expanded since the invention of the gene editing technique CRISPR ten years ago but tampering with nature always carries the risk of unintended consequences.

Such seems to be the case with the ever-expanding use of CRISPR, as scientists have seen an increase in what is being called “gene vandalism.” This anomaly occurs when the editing process accidently breaks the double strands of a DNA’s helix, which in turn results in cell repair that can include unintended modifications and mutations that cannot be controlled.