First Video of CRISPR Editing DNA in Real-Time
Single-molecule movie of DNA search and cleavage by CRISPR-Cas9. pic.twitter.com/3NQxmbvzJF
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Living in the era of CRISPR sure is an exciting one, and for the first time we can finally witness the gene-editing technique in action.
A new paper, published in Nature Communications, has provided us with real-time, molecule-scale footage of CRISPR chopping a strand of DNA right in two.
The video might not be the clearest, but you can certainly see what’s happening. We have a team from the Kanazawa University and the University of Tokyo in Japan to thank for the footage, who used a technique called high-speed atomic-force microscopy to capture it.
More than 1,500 people flocked to social media to see the star of the genomics show, and what’s more is that we have really only scratched the surface of its potential.