This is part two of a series about the CRISPR/Cas gene editing system. In part one, which you can read HERE, we looked at who discovered and developed the system. Jennifer Doudna, in particular, has received many rewards and is touted as the “co-inventor” however ongoing disputes over patents would indicate otherwise.
In this part, we explore the World Economic Forum (“WEF”) and Bill Gates’ interests in CRISPR. As Doudna’s business interests seem to be intertwined with both, we begin with a brief description of the organisations she has founded.
We thank Threads Irish who has collected some research on this topic which proved useful for our own. It’s worth reading their article titled ‘Why Would Bill Gates & The World Economic Forum Be So Interested in CRISPR Technology? Prepare To Be Shocked’ as well as ours as it has additional information we have not included and vice versa.
Doudna the Founder and Scientific Advisor
In 2011, Doudna co-started Caribou Biosciences as what she calls “a research tool company” to exploit the possibility that CRISPR could be used to simplify the detection of viral infections like HIV. In September 2013, Doudna co-founded Editas Medicine but left after a falling out with Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute.
As detailed in part one, in 2012 the University of California, Berkeley, team led by Doudna filed a patent for CRISPR that was approved in 2019. The Broad Institute’s patent had previously been approved in 2014.
In 2014, Doudna founded the Innovative Genomics Institute (“IGI”) which uses “genome engineering to solve humanity’s greatest problems in health, climate, and sustainable agriculture.”
Genome engineering to “solve” climate? Genome engineering and climate don’t seem to be a logical fit in any one sentence, let alone when one is being touted as a solution for the other. But then “climate,” as in ‘Earth we have a problem’ type of climate, and “sustainability” are mantras incessantly used by supporters of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Agenda 2030. Any organisation that peddles WEF mantras, especially when they seem to be used out of context, can be suspected of being World Economic Forum. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.