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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Crispr works in Primates

Technology Review article discusses the finding of Crispr modified Macaque experiment in China, originally reported in Cell.

Why does this matter? Crispr is a system of DNA modification found and described in bacteria and more recently used for genetic manipulation in bacterial and other systems. It has a lot of potential for direct repair of genetic defects without shotgunning accidental changes around the rest of the cell's genome. A proof of concept experiment in primates is a big step towards usefulness for human genetic diseases.

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