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2 new CRISPR tools

1.   2 new CRISPR tools overcome the scariest parts of            gene editing The ability to edit RNA and individual DNA base pairs will make gene editing much more precise. Updated by Julia Belluz and Umair Irfan  Oct 25, 2017, 1:00pm EDT CRISPR-Cas9 can still be a blunt instrument for gene editing. Scientists have discovered two new tools that will make editing more precise and potentially, safer. Shutterstock Several years ago, scientists discovered a technique known as CRISPR/Cas9, which allowed them to edit DNA more efficiently than ever before. Since then, CRISPR science has exploded; it’s become one of the most exciting and fast-moving areas of research, transforming everything from medicine to agriculture and energy. In 2017 alone, more than 14,000 CRISPR studies were published. But here’s the thing: CRISPR, while a major leap forward in gene editing, can still be a blunt instrument. There have been problems with CRISPR modifying unintended gene […]