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Researchers Publish Two New Methods for Analysis of CRISPR Off-Target Effects
Two studies published simultaneously in Nature Methods yesterday describe new methods for analyzing the off-target effects of CRISPR/Cas-9 genome editing. One method identifies off-target mutations associated with cell-type-specific SNPs, while the other detects potential off-target cleavage sites.
From corn to cattle, gene editing is about to supercharge agriculture
Corn isn’t the sexiest crop but it’s one of the most important. It’s the most abundant grain on Earth, used as food and biofuel around the globe. In ancient times, Mesoamericans thrived on it, waged wars over it. Their myths claimed corn was the matter from which gods created mankind itself.
Edit your future with a career in CRISPR
Some early-career scientists found themselves surfing the wave of CRISPR just as it hit the shore.
The Atlantic “WHAT’S NEXT?”: Hacking the Genome
Rachel Haurwitz, President and CEO of Caribou Biosciences, is interviewed by Ross Andersen, Senior Editor of The Atlantic, at the “WHAT’S NEXT?” summit. She discusses the impact of CRISPR for the scientific community, the big issues in gene editing, and the future of this technology for therapeutics and agriculture.
PBS: Editing Out Pesticides
This summer, more than a million tons of chardonnay grapes are plumping on manicured vineyards around the world. The grapes make one of the most popular white wines, but their juicy fruit and luscious leaves are also targets for diseases such as downy mildew, a stubborn fungus-like parasite.