Bill Lundberg, M.D., has stepped down as CSO of CRISPR Therapeutics. News of Lundberg’s departure emerged on the same day Celgene revealed it has sold another chunk of its once-double-digit stake in the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing startup.
he gene-editing technology CRISPR could very well one day rid the world of its most devastating diseases, allowing us to simply edit away the genetic code responsible for an illness. One of the things standing in the way of turning that fantasy into reality, though, is the problem of off-target effects. Now Microsoft is hoping to use artificial intelligence to fix this problem.
As is well known, CRISPR/Cas9 is an effective tool for gene editing, and this method has been widely used for editing genes or genomic regions by targeting specific single-guide RNA (sgRNAs). We initially planned to use the CRISPR/Cas9 system to study the biological functions of Y chromosome genes.
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have shown that it is possible for transgenic mosquitos to stably express the Cas9 enzyme in their germline. Cas9 addition will allow the utilization of the CRISPR gene editing tool to carry out efficient and highly targeted changes to the DNA of the mosquitoes.
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