CRISPR/Cas9 for Genome Editing – March 2016 Perspective

CRISPR-Cas9 for Genome Editing - March 2016 Perspective

This line made the news on March 22, 2016:

Scientists have removed HIV from human immune cells using a new gene-editing technique. They’ve managed to shut down HIV replication permanently.

It’s based on a study published at the beginning of March 2016 in Nature. It goes to show the power of genome editing technologies such as the CRISPR/Cas9 complex.

Okay, and what else can we do with DNA editing?! Well, we can:

  1. Test diseases by knocking out genes in animal models.
  2. Stop muscular dystrophy in living organism (hopefully humans too, soon).
  3. Create more muscular livestock. And God knows what’s next?!
  4. Improve crops (yes! genetically modifying them),
  5. Stop the spread of contagious diseases
  6. Do unethical experiments…

And many more than you can think of. I wrote a full scoop on CRISPR/Cas9 here.

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