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CRISPR and Genome Editing – News and Features

A blue beetle.

First Use of CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing in Kissing Bugs

Genetic technologies like CRISPR have become an integral tool for strategies to control infectious diseases spread by living organisms like kissing bugs.
A person sits next to a pile of photographs.

Memory Formation Mechanism Requires DNA Flexibility

Researchers have uncovered a novel mechanism underlying memory formation that involves rapid changes to DNA structure.
B cells.

Building Better Antibodies and Curbing Autoimmune Diseases

Four new studies reveal details about how B cells in the immune system churn out antibodies that become increasingly potent and specific after we’re vaccinated or exposed to an infection.
Fluorescence microscopy images of vpCell Pools.

Novel Method Allows Simultaneous Fluorescent Labeling of Many Proteins

Observing proteins precisely within cells is extremely important for many branches of research but has been a significant technical challenge. A research group has now overcome this hurdle: With a novel method.
A coffee bean between tweezers.

Is Lab-Grown Coffee the Sustainable Brew of the Future?

Dr. Heiko Rischer, head of plant biotechnology at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, breaks down the promise of bioreactor-brewed coffee.
Double helix structure of DNA.

Unlocking the Power of CRISPR Against RNA Viruses

Scientists have devised a new molecular tool that allows CRISPR RNA molecules that are located within the nucleus of a cell to move to the cytoplasm, making it highly effective at neutralizing RNA viruses.
Cancer cells.

Possible Therapeutic Target Identified for Small Cell Lung Cancer

Northwestern Medicine investigators have discovered that inhibiting a chromatin remodeling complex associated with a particular gene in small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) cells may decrease cancer cell differentiation and tumor growth.
Protein structure.

Protein That Controls CAR T-Cell Longevity Identified

In a new study, researchers have found that a protein called FOXO1 improves the survival and function of CAR T cells, which may lead to more effective CAR T cell therapies and could potentially expand its use in difficult-to-treat cancers.
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Industry Insight

Harnessing the Therapeutic Potential of Circular RNA

In this interview, Erik Digman Wiklund tells us about the discovery of circRNA and discusses some of the challenges of harnessing its full potential for therapeutic interventions.
Olive oil next to a plant on a table.

Potential Therapy Identified for Gene Mutation Associated With Increased Viral Infection Susceptibility

A gene mutation associated with a rare neurological disorder and increased susceptibility to viral infections may be treatable with oleic acid.