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Tag: CRISPR

April 23, 2021
The Journal Club hosted by Dr. Oliver Medvedik will return live to our Facebook Page at 12:00 EST on Tuesday 27th of April. This month we will be taking a look at a new paper and technique for the gene editing tool CRISPRcas9. The technique allows researchers to turn epigenetic methylation off and back on...
Epigenetic wrapping
April 12, 2021
A new technique allows researchers to turn epigenetic methylation off and back on again, thus allowing the silencing and unsilencing of certain genes. A CRISPR breakthrough CRISPR/Cas9 is a well-known technology for editing the genome, but its potential for epigenetic editing had never been previously explored. With a directed CRISPR memory writer able to methylate...
Nanoparticles in blood
December 02, 2020
Scientists have successfully tested a new nanoparticle-based delivery system for CRISPR kits, achieving drastic improvements in mouse models of glioblastoma and ovarian cancer [1]. A gift from our single-cell ancestors CRISPR gene editing technology has been widely hailed as a potential game changer in medicine, including anti-cancer therapy. CRISPR’s ability to permanently disrupt tumor survival...
Gene segment
October 19, 2020
Researchers have successfully used the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool to destroy Ewing's sarcoma and chronic myeloid leukemia tumor cells by targeting the fusion genes responsible for these tumors [1]. Fusion genes, a feature in many different types of cancer, arise when a mutation fuses two genes together, which typically happens when the DNA sequence between...
A picture of brown fat cells
September 08, 2020
A group of researchers has used CRISPR to create energy-dissipating brown adipocytes (fat cells) from white preadipocytes. The new cells were then shown to alleviate obesity in mice [1]. Obesity: the nemesis of longevity Obesity is one of humanity’s deadliest enemies. It is a known comorbidity in a plethora of diseases, including age-related, such as...
Mitochondria
July 14, 2020
Researchers have developed what can be described as the first precision gene editing tool for mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). This new tool is different from the well-known CRISPR/Cas9 method of gene editing and should make the study of mitochondrial biology and mitochondrial diseases easier. This new discovery is a game changer Prior to this, creating mouse...