How Crispr works

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - CHARMED LIFE -

crispr-cas9, ab­bre­vi­ated from ‘clus­tered reg­u­larly in­ter­spaced short palin­dromic re­peats’, is a hy­brid of pro­tein and ri­bonu­cleic acid (RNA), which works as an ef­fi­cient hunt-and-cut sys­tem in bac­te­ria. Molec­u­lar bi­ol­o­gists Jen­nifer Doudna and em­manuelle char­p­en­tier re­alised that it could work well in other cells, in­clud­ing those of hu­mans, to carry out genome edit­ing.

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