What is CRISPR-Cas?

CRISPR-Cas is making headlines as a powerful new gene editing tool that could change the whole of biology.

Scientists are already using CRISPR to introduce genes for disease resistance into crops, insert malaria blocking genes into mosquitoes, and remove HIV genes from infected cells in humans. We could even use CRISPR to eliminate certain genetic diseases in humans.

But while CRISPR could be a potential game-changer for modern medicine, we didn’t invent it ourselves. Scientists borrowed CRISPR from microbes, where it works as a rudimentary immune system that bacteria and archaea use to protect themselves against viral attack.

Watch the video above to find out more about what CRISPR is, how it works, and what itmight be used for. For a more in depth look at the science, read the article in the latest issue of Microbiology Today on Future Tech here.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 17.10.26

This entry was posted in Clinical and Medical Microbiology, Technology, Video and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s