CRISPR- An advanced technology for gene-editing


SEP 18, 2019 AT 10:25 AM

CRISPR is one of the simple yet strong technology tools for editing genomes. It enables the researchers to simply change the DNA series and also alter the gene operation. The several potential applications of CRISPR are including treating and stopping the spread of diseases, enhancing crops and also adjusting the genetic flaws. However, its potential also increases the proper apprehensions. In its famous usage, CRISPR is shorthand for CRISPR Cas9. The CRISPRs are dedicated sections of DNA. The Cas9 is an enzyme protein that acts like a couple of molecular scissors that are able to cut the elements of DNA.

With the advanced CRISPR technology, it was revised from natural protection mechanisms of archaea, i.e. the domain single-celled microorganisms and bacteria. These entities are utilizing the CRISPR-derived RNA and also different CAS proteins such as Cas9 to foil assaults by viruses as well as other imported bodies. Basically, they also perform by cutting up and killing the DNA of an overseas attacker. When these elements are moved into other more difficult organisms, it enables for the operation of genes editing.


Actually, it is a specific area of DNA with couple of different features such as the occurrence of spacers and nucleotide recurrences. These repetitive series of nucleotides and the building blocks of DNA are circulated all over the CRISPR region. The spacers are moments of DNA, which are scattered among these repetitive series. In case of bacteria, these spacers are taken from viruses, which formerly criticized the organism. They also aid as a set of remembrances that allows the bacteria to identify the viruses and also contest off the upcoming assaults. Hence, this was initially proved experimentally by a team of researchers at Danisco.

CRISPR- Cas9 as a genome-editing tool

The genes of different organisms encode a sequence of messages as well as instructions inside their DNA series. This Genome editing usually involves the alteration of those series and thereby altering the messages. This can be normally done by inserting a cut or break in the DNA and also tricking the natural DNA repair mechanisms of a cell into introducing the alterations one needs. Thus, CRISPR-Cas9 offers a means a lot to do so. In the previous year, there is a couple of crucial research papers were published in the PNAS and journals science that greatly supported to make over the bacterial CRISPR-cas9 into an easy and programmable gene editing tool.

In the first method, the repair involves pasting a couple of cuts back together. This method is commonly called as non-homologous end joining, which result in alterations and can interrupt a gene. In the second method, the disruption is fixed by filling in a gap with a series of nucleotides. In order to perform so, the cell utilizes a short component of DNA as a pattern. Even the scientists can also bring the DNA pattern of their selection and thereby writing-in any gene that they require or correct a transformation. In future it going to be a revolution in science field and it makes our society better.