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Effectiveness of CRISPR-Cas9 Using Pools of Synthetic cRNAs in Screening Experiments

Gene knockout, using CRISPR-Cas9, has emerged as a powerful technology for loss-of-function screening. Chemical synthesis of guide RNAs for CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing allows for accurate and rapid production of CRISPR libraries and enables screening in an arrayed “one-gene-per-well” format. The pooling of several crRNAs targeting the same gene into a single reagent has been shown to simplify the screening process.

Having several crRNAs to guide the editing of the gene at different positions could result in a more thorough functional gene knockout, leading to a more robust phenotype that would improve hit identification. However, there are several potential concerns for using crRNA pools.

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  • Address concerns and learn about key considerations related to the use of crRNA pools
  • Discover an example that shows pooling crRNAs to the same gene target provides robust functional knockout
  • Reveal ways to ensure crRNA pools work successfully in phenotypic screening