Tuesday, May 8, 2018

New CRISPR technology 'knocks out' yeast genes with single-point precision

CRISPR-Cas9, Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, is a gene editing technology that has been thriving in the scientific community because of it’s multipurpose usages, efficiency and accuracy, as it can cut, alter or delete a base of a targeted gene in a DNA sequence. Researchers are using this tool to delete genes in yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, to see how it affects the compound. Saccharomyces cerevisiae has about 6,000 genes and researchers want to study each gene, as an individual and combination, and are working to develop libraries of these yeast genes. Also, this could be useful to produce industrial applications like ethanol, biofuel, chemicals, lubricants, etc.

CRISPR technology is used for medical research, diagnostics and food products, and it’s an important technology, as it has been widely popular now and will be used for the future. A recent article I read that used CRISPR-Cas9 is being used to produce fruit and vegetables, to enhance with more nutrient, produce more product in a smaller area with drought stressed conditions. As a science major, it amazes me how we are always improving our limited resources on earth and to make sure that the future resources will be there for new generations. I am curious to see how researchers will use this tool to further progress it’s science usages.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180507174020.htm https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/pbi.12603

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