Tuesday, May 03, 2016

CRISPR/Cas9

Never have I missed being in a lab as much as I have since I started hearing about CRISPR/Cas9 a couple years ago. This is a genome editing technology that was developed by adapting an antiviral mechanism found in bacteria. If anyone has some first hand experience I would love to hear about it.
Here is a good introduction to CRISPR/Cas9, where it came from, and how it works.
I was also interested in what kind of commercial products are available to make this even easier, and here is a video of the CRISPR/Cas9 offerings from ThermoFisher (long 41:49). I don't think I've really grasped the implications of this technology however it seems it is facilitating the beginning of the genetic engineering of our species.


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