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Source: Silkworms now have a bacterial superpower thanks to CRISPR

Silkworms are plagued by a lethal virus

Silkworms are plagued by a lethal virus

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A team in China has made genetically engineered silkworms that can fight off a lethal virus. They did it by giving the silkworms CRISPR: an immune system found in many bacteria. The same approach might protect a wide range of animals and plants from viral diseases.

The silk industry suffers huge losses because of a disease caused by the Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV). “It would be incredibly important to have virus-resistant silkworm,” says Fritz Vollrath of the University of Oxford, UK, …

Published at Sun, 25 Mar 2018 10:52:30 +0000

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