Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 for CRISPR-Cas9 Genetic Scissors

On 7 October 2020, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for the development of a method for genome editing.  Currently Emmanuelle Charpentier works at the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens in Berlin, Germany, and Jennifer A. Doudna at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. Emanuelle...

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What are genome editing and CRISPR-Cas9?

Genome editing (also called gene editing) is a set of technologies that enable scientists to change the genetic code in the living cells of an organism. They make it possible to make specific changes to a particular location in the genome in a controlled way. One of the approaches is known as CRISPR-Cas9. The “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats and CRISPR-associated protein...

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First in vivo CRISPR medicine administered to patients in clinical trial

On 4 March 2020, the collaborating companies Allergan plc and Editas Medicine, Inc. announced the dosing of the first patient with the CRISPR-based medicine AGN-151587 (EDIT-101) in a phase 1/2 clinical trial (BRILLIANCE trial).[1]   Treatment for Leber Congenital Amaurosis 10 AGN-151587 (EDIT-101) is an experimental CRISPR-based medicine currently under development....

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Lessons learned in China may help others in combating coronavirus

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was first recorded in mid-December 2019 in Wuhan, China. However, it was not until 20 January 2020 that the Chinese authorities officially confirmed incidents of human-to-human transmission and admitted concerns about a major outbreak. Over the following days, both the death toll and the number of infections shot up as one Chinese...

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