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Klara and the Sun

by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
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    Mar 2021, 320 pages
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    Mar 1, 2022, 320 pages

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Gene Editing

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Visual of gene-editing technology One of the central mysteries in Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Klara and the Sun surrounds the question of how some children are "lifted" and others are not. Seemingly benefiting from a class-based or other means-based differentiation, those who are lifted have access to higher-quality education and additional advantages. Precisely how some children are lifted is never entirely clear, though it is implied early on that medical or scientific intervention is involved, and some type of gene editing seems to be a likely explanation.

There are several forms of genome editing (gene editing) technology in the modern world that allow scientists to manipulate the DNA of various organisms. Perhaps the most scandalous use of such technology (and the one that bears the most relevance to the events of the novel) is referred to as the "CRISPR-baby" case. CRISPR-Cas9 is a genome editing technology that has been a reality in the scientific community for several years. In 2018, scientist He Jiankui ...

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