From a possible TV show to new associated proteins, the CRISPR-Cas9 system has seen no shortage of buzz over the past year. The “biotech discovery of the century,” as deemed by Business Insider, has continued making headlines as both researchers and mainstream media embrace its potential. (If you need a review on how this technology can help advance your basic research, visit the new Genome Editing Learning Center.)
In case you’ve missed out on the recent CRISPR craze, we’ve skimmed the biggest stories for you. From Target Malaria (a Gates Foundation-funded project reliant on CRISPR technology) to the latest developments with gene editing tools, here are four articles that will get you up to speed:
CRISPR-Cas9 Technology Brings Opportunities and Challenges
Find out how CRISPR is being used to solve worldwide issues now and where things could go in the next 10 to 20 years. The technology is evolving so fast that gene editing services and collaboration present several ways to keep abreast of real-time innovation. Article #1: CRISPR Tech Heralds Hype, Hope, and Hurdles for Gene-Based Therapeutics.
What Do Jennifer Lopez and CRISPR Have in Common? Looks like Jennifer Lopez is in on the gene editing game. Indeed, J.Lo is producing a bioterror thriller for NBC, aptly named “CRISPR.” Do you think it’ll make the cut? Article #2 also spotlights other gene editing tools waiting in the wings: CRISPR-Cas9 Is Hot But It’s Not the Only Way to Edit a Genome.
CAR T Cell Therapy Advanced By Gene Editing Techniques
One of the biggest headlines of last year surrounded the use of TALEN to develop CART T immunotherapy, a treatment currently in clinical trials. Both TALEN and CRISPR-Cas9 represent how gene editing tools have the potential to unlock advances in personalized medicine in the future. Article #3: Doctors Successfully Treat Two Babies with Leukemia Using Gene-Edited Immune Cells.
Thermo Fisher Scientific CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing Tools Named Top Innovations of 2016
Lastly—a synthetic biology sensation—the much anticipated 2016 awards from The Scientist magazine named Top 10 Innovations for the year. LentiArray CRISPR Libraries and GeneArt Platinum Cas9 Nuclease from Thermo Fisher made the list! Article #4: Top 10 Innovations 2016.
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