A new technique boosts current gene editing beyond expectations

Carme Cortina, postdoctoral fellow in the Colorectal Cancer Lab at IRB Barcelona.

Carme Cortina, postdoctoral fellow in the Colorectal Cancer Lab at IRB Barcelona.


Carme Cortina, postdoctoral fellow in the Colorectal Cancer Lab at IRB Barcelona, comments about new gene editing technique called “prime editing” in Diari Ara. Published last week in Nature, this novel approach can enhance DNA repair with unprecedented precision. Thanks to this technique, the authors of the study have managed to repair the DNA of cells affected by conditions such as sickle cell disease and Tay-Sachs disease, the latter a disorder that destroys nerve cells and leads to motor impairment and deafness. “It is a beautiful piece of work based on a brilliant idea and it significantly improves previous gene editing methods,” says Cortina.

 

Link to Diari Ara

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