DEC 22, 2017 8:53 PM PST

Finding the Next Gene-editing Enzyme

WRITTEN BY: Carmen Leitch

CRISPR/Cas9 is a revolutionary gene-editing system that comes from bacteria. As explained in the video, bacteria get sick too, and they have an immune system. Their immune systems recognize pieces of foreign DNA by using CRISPR and dice the invasive DNA up with an enzyme, Cas. Scientists figured out how to harness that system for our own use both in the laboratory, and it is hoped, for the clinic as well.

Now computational power can be used to help find other enzymes that can tinker with the genome, and potentially be applicable in clinical therapeutics one day. But every genome, even that of bacterial species, holds a tremendous amount of data, and it takes a lot of work to sift through all of it to find the right sequences. Computers have now made it possible to identify what we're looking for in ways we couldn't do on our own; learn more from this video by the Berkeley Lab.
About the Author
  • Experienced research scientist and technical expert with authorships on over 30 peer-reviewed publications, traveler to over 70 countries, published photographer and internationally-exhibited painter, volunteer trained in disaster-response, CPR and DV counseling.
You May Also Like
JUL 15, 2020
Plants & Animals
New Research Reveals Beluga Whale Social Networks
JUL 15, 2020
New Research Reveals Beluga Whale Social Networks
The familial and social relationships between whales, such as orcas and bottlenose dolphins, are moderately understood. ...
AUG 22, 2020
Neuroscience
Why Don't Babies Always Remember What they Learn?
AUG 22, 2020
Why Don't Babies Always Remember What they Learn?
Researchers from Ruhr- Universitaet Bochum (RUB) in Germany have found that the mood babies are in when they learn somet ...
AUG 24, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Asteroid May Collide With Earth in November
AUG 24, 2020
Asteroid May Collide With Earth in November
NASA has said that an asteroid known as 2018VP1 is heading towards Earth, and may potentially collide with our planet on ...
SEP 08, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Reusable Chinese Space Craft Lands Returns Earth
SEP 08, 2020
Reusable Chinese Space Craft Lands Returns Earth
The Chinese government has announced the safe return of a reusable spacecraft, called Chongfu Shiyong Shiyan Hangtian Qi ...
OCT 07, 2020
Plants & Animals
Tasmanian Devils Return to Mainland Australia
OCT 07, 2020
Tasmanian Devils Return to Mainland Australia
For the first time in about 3,000 years, Tasmanian devils have returned to mainland Australia. According to a report fro ...
OCT 29, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Einstein: Gravity? What Gravity?
OCT 29, 2020
Einstein: Gravity? What Gravity?
Try imagining a fictional conversation between Issac Newton and Albert Einstein: "The apple falls toward the ground ...
Loading Comments...