|Secondary structure image for CRISPR-DR57|
by Rfam database
The Crispr technique is truly a triumph of basic science. The process was first identified as a natural defense system used by bacteria to protect themselves from viruses. The applicability of the Crispr technique to other organisms was quickly realized and finally applied to the human genome earlier this year.
It is hoped that having a tool that so accurately alters the genome will reduce concerns about making alterations to the genome of IVF embryos. If this technique is successfully employed some doctors believe that it could be used to eliminate genetic diseases from affected families.
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