CRISPR, the gene-editing method that is revolutionizing biology and possibly medicine, is so important that it was the topic of two Science Cafes this year, in both Concord and Nashua, but it’s also quite new and still being analyzed. As the NY Times reports:
On Thursday, in the journal Science, researchers demonstrated just how much is left to discover. They found that an ordinary mouth bacterium makes a form of Crispr that breaks apart not DNA, but RNA — the molecular messenger used by cells to turn genes into proteins. If scientists can get this process to work in human cells, they may open up a new front in gene engineering, gaining the ability to precisely adjust the proteins in cells, for instance, or to target cancer cells.
Amazing – whether you capitalize it or not (it stands for Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)