It took millions of years for apes to evolve into humans. It may take only a century for humans to change again.

Genetic engineering, which for decades never quite lived up to its promise, is being transformed thanks to a new tool called Crispr. Scientists can use it to manipulate the genes of any living creature with astonishing ease.

Its initial applications have been to target genetic disease, modify foods, and develop new drugs. What comes next is up to us.

Crispr (which stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) is the subject of the next installment of Bloomberg’s new animated web series Sooner Than You Think, which examines some of the biggest advances in human history that haven’t happened just yet.

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