Genome editing paying off: Knockout human gene libraries help correct disease-causing genetic defects

| | December 17, 2013
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CRISPR technology is an approach to genome editing that has skyrocketed to stardom because of its speed, ease of use, efficiency, and ever-expanding applications. Now, two groups seized upon CRISPR (which stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) to build knockout libraries of human genes.

“With this work, it is now possible to conduct systematic genetic screens in mammalian cells,” David Sabatini, an author of one of the studies and a member of the Whitehead Institute, said in a statement. Researchers recently demonstrated that CRISPR can be employed to correct disease-causing genetic defects.

Read the full, original story: CRISPR Creates Knockout Libraries

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