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For the Future

Rolling Stone has included the University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna on its list of women who are shaping the future.

Doudna, it notes, is known for her role in uncovering and developing the gene-editing tool CRISPR, which could be applied to a range of issues, including engineering crops, resurrecting lost species, and treating humans.

She also, Rolling Stone adds, is taking a leading part in the ethics of gene editing. In November, she condemned the work announced by researcher He Jiankui, who said he had edited the genomes of two twin girls as embryos. In a statement issued then, Doudna asked He and his colleagues to explain why they deviated "from the global consensus that application of CRISPR-Cas9 for human germline editing should not proceed at the present time."

"It made me think of horrible Nazi experiments," Doudna tells Rolling Stone. "I felt that level of horror." 

She adds that she's still optimistic that CRISPR will have other, more positive effects.

Other women featured in Rolling Stone include Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, and comedian Hannah Gadsby, among others.