gRNA

Multiplexing gRNAs to Hedge Against Resistance to Gene Drive

Recently, Oberhofer et al (2018) published a paper examining the mechanisms of homing endonuclease gene drives in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They used a novel nuclease-encoding cassette containing four multiplexed gRNAs targeting genes required for viability […]

Target Site Accessibility and Development of Better Guide RNA Design Tools For CRISPR/Cas9

A recent paper by the Lee et al (2018) has shown that the present CRISPR/Cas9 design tools do not accurately predict the activity of single-gene targeting gRNA sequences. They also report that the non sequence based features like DNA accessibility […]

Strategies for Driving Out Invasive Species

Prowse et al. (2017) present their modelling work in the Proceedings of The Royal Society B on various different CRISPR/Cas9-based gene drives aimed at suppressing populations of exotic vertebrate species on islands (focusing on mice (Mus musculus)).  The issues addressed […]

Dominant Maternal Effects Caused by CRISPR/Cas9

Expressing Cas9 and guide RNAs from transgenes integrated into the genome of organisms typically leads to higher rates of mutagenesis of the target gene compared to when those components are provided transiently by microinjection, for example. Lin and Potter describe […]

CRISPRscan – A Tool Aiding Selection of CRISPR-Cas9 gRNAs

Just published online in Nature Methods, Moreno-Mateos et al report testing the activities of >1200 gRNAs in zebrafish embryos and used the results to create an algorithm for predicting gRNA efficacy. The advent of the CRISPR-Cas9 system has revolutionized genome […]

Editing Tribolium’s Genome

Gilles et al (2015) recently published a paper in Development describing CRISPR-mediated gene targeting and gene replacement in the flour beetle Tribolium castaneum. The authors started with the Tribolium line Pig-19, which strongly expresses enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) in […]

Cas9 Gene Drive & Classical Biological Control

Webber et al have published an Opinion essay in PNAS concerning the growing interest in using engineered endonucleases (Cas9 in particular) to create gene drive systems to combat invasive species. Homing endonucleases are well known and well studied site-specific endonucleases […]