Scientists Are Designing The Next Gen CRISPR For Gene Editing

Posted: Dec 13 2016, 10:30am CST | by , Updated: Dec 13 2016, 10:34am CST , in Technology News


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Scientists Are Designing The Next gen CRISPR For Gene Editing

CRISPR is currently very helpful and effective to be incorporated in experimental therapies for leukaemia, cystic fibrosis and other diseases too.

However the team of scientists at Western University have developed an even more effective version of CRISPR by the addition of an engineered enzyme called TevCas 9.

The current version of CRISPR is using the enzyme Cas9. This enzyme is able to cut DNA segments. It targets specifically those regions of the DNA which cause genetic disorders.

The scientist’s team at Western University has developed the new enzyme by combining the Cas9 enzyme with another one called I-Tev1. The team claims that the TevCas9 is more effective and precise.

It also has the potential to prevent genes from repairing themselves. The upgraded CRISPR is able to cut the DNA at two places instead of one.

This ensures the process of regeneration does not happen. The team is still carrying out further tests but we can hope for great results.

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