• Cutting into CRISPR: Walking through the process driving plant research

    1 month ago - By Bond Life Sciences Center

    Gene-editing is the pinnacle of a biologist's toolbox, but often left unexplained it seems more magic than science.
    Growing rice from a small cluster of cells to 4-foot stalks can take six-months or more of planning and careful nurture. But how do scientists change the intricate genetic material in each cell of the plants?
    The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool changes a plant's DNA. As Ph.D. student Ajay Gupta knows firsthand through work altering plants for the Bing Yang lab.
    “CRISPR is relatively new. It's like 10 years old only and still we are working to modify it and improve it in...
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