New Israeli tech gives accuracy boost to microscopic scissors for DNA editing

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(Worthy News) – Israeli scientists have developed a “quality assurance” method for genome editing, which they say has the power to make it easier to translate DNA technologies from theory to treatments.

The CRISPR genome editing system works by cutting DNA with microscopic “scissors” and fixing it. The method is deployed to address some genetic disorders, and there are huge efforts to expand its use.

But one of the teething troubles is accuracy. “Like every house has an address you use to find it, every gene has an ‘address’ that we use to target CRISPR editing, but sometimes there is a lack of accuracy and the tiny ‘scissors’ go to the wrong place,” said molecular biologist Dr. Ayal Hendel of Bar Ilan University. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]

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