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Cas9 Orthologs with Minimal PAM Requirements

In their recent paper Chatterjee and colleagues (2018) describe a natural protospacer adjacent motif (PAM) plasticity of previously uncharacterized Cas9 endonuclease from Streptococcus canis (ScCas9).  Chatterjee et al (2018) report ScCas9’s affinity to minimal 5’-NNG-3’ PAM sequences and describe its accurate editing capabilities, […]

Precision-Guided Sterile Insect Technique

Right after the 2019 New Year, Kandul et al (2019) described a novel CRISPR-based technology which they termed as “precision guided sterile insect technique (pgSIT)”. The idea of traditional SIT was planted in 1930s, which uses radiation to induce sterility […]

A Multiple Gene Drive System

Yan & Finnigan, (2018) recently published a paper in Scientific Reports describing an artificial multi-locus gene drive system by using a single Cas9 and three guide RNA (gRNA) in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Nuclease-based gene drives do not follow […]

Driving into doublesex

Kyrou et al. (2018) in a recent paper in Nature Biotechnology report identifying a highly conserved target site in the Anopheles gambiae fertility gene doublesex (dsx), that cannot tolerate mutations. They built a gene drive targeting this site in dsx […]

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