Feng Zhang was in high school the first time he engineered cells: while volunteering in a gene therapy lab, he made human melanoma cells glow with green fluorescent protein, the memory of which still excites him, writes Sharon Begley at Stat News.

Zhang, now at the Broad Institute, has helped develop two potentially revolutionary approaches in the time since: optogenetics and CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing.

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