Posted by on January 24, 2018 6:45 am
Categories: Crispr

Stunning Video Is The First To Show CRISPR Editing DNA In Real Time

Single-molecule movie of DNA search and cleavage by CRISPR-Cas9

The video is grainy and dark, but it provides an astonishing first look at CRISPR in action. A team from Kanazawa University and University of Tokyo in Japan used a technique called high-speed atomic-force microscopy to capture the shape of Cas9, the enzyme that actually does the cutting. A tiny needle moves back and forth, rendering details about the enzyme’s shape, moving so quickly that it produces a moving image.

The video took the science world by storm over the weekend, racking up more than 1500 retweets and thousands of likes. CRISPR is definitely a pop star of the science world – and we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of its potential.


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