Gene editing stem cells with CRISPR could help understand brain tumours

Anne Li                                                                                                Feburary 25th, 2017


Over the past 12 months, the acronym CRISPR has been popping up in science news left, right and center. And for good reason. Hailed as a revolution in genetic engineering, this molecular toolbox lets researchers make remarkably precise changes to DNA. By observing the consequences of these alterations on cells, such as how they look or behave, scientists can begin to work out what certain genes do. And because cancer is a disease of faulty genes, CRISPR has huge potential for studying a raft of different types of cancer. Now, for the first time, a team of scientists led by Pollard has succeeded in using CRISPR to change genes in specialised neural stem cells, which are thought to play a role in how the most common type of brain tumour, glioblastoma, grows.


See original article at: http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2017/02/14/gene-editing-stem-cells-with-crispr-could-help-understand-brain-tumours/

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