Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Flesh-eating bacteria Crispr

Emmanuelle Charpentier, a geneticist, went to Jennifer Doudna, the head of a formidably large lab at the University of California, to find a way to cure patients that are infected with the flesh-eating bacteria called Crispr. Crispr is stored garments in virus DNA and a part of human-style immune system. Cas9 (a protein) comes from Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacteria that causes strep throat. It also can have Cas9 (a protein) to snip out of piece at any point and be able to snip it all together back.  After the experiment, the outcome was that Crispr relied on two kinds of RNA, guide and tracer. Using the combination of guide and tracer, researchers to target and excise any gene that is wanted. They can actually use Crispr to add a gene or to edit a single base pair within a gene. Before Crispr, it was very difficult to test mutation. Now with Crispr it is easier to test mutations which also means it is easier to find cures. Crispi may also prevent mutation that causes diseases. For example, young women with the BRCA breast-cancer mutation. It also helps fight dangerous virus.
I believe it to be impressive how this flesh-eating bacteria, Crispr, is about to target and excise any gene and is most likely able to prevent diseases from occurring. If this does prevent mutations, it will help the future generations because less people will be exposed to diseases. When I first read the “flesh-eating” part, I thought it was a bad disease or something. However, after reading about them, Crispr isn’t a bad thing afterall.

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