We Band of Brothers: Crisp, CRISPR, Crispin’s Day and the Democratization of Crop R&D, was published on Biofuels Digest and was written by Jim Lane.
Dan Watkins, Partner at Mercury Fund, shares his insight into the revolution in biology with lower costs in CRISPR-CAS gene editing.
At the critical juncture of Shakespeare’s Henry V, on St. Crispin’s Day, 1415, when the French forces looked ready to overwhelm the small band of knights that are with the English King at Agincourt, the young King Henry says:
This day is call’d the feast of Crispian
…And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
The names of the characters have changed and where there was Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter, Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester, we now have Zymergen, Arzeda and Gen9, Ginkgo and Amyris, Caribou and Edison AgroSciences, Calyx and Benson Hill.