Posted by on January 23, 2018 5:42 pm
Categories: Crispr

What is CRISPR-Cas?

CRISPR-Cas is a powerful new technology that is revolutionising biology. It’s like cut and paste for DNA.

Scientists are already using CRISPR to introduce genes for disease resistance into wheat and insert malaria-blocking genes into mosquitoes. CRISPR could even allow us to eliminate certain genetic diseases in humans.

But we didn’t invent CRISPR – instead we borrowed it from microbes like bacteria and archaea.

Watch this video to learn more about how these micro-organisms use CRISPR to fend off parasites like viruses, and how we’ve adapted it into a game-changing gene editing tool.

You can read more about CRISPR-Cas in the Society’s magazine, Microbiology Today:

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