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Margo R. Monroe

Margo Monroe was previously a science blogger at Addgene and now works as a Staff Scientist at Hall & Steward LLP.

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History of CRISPR Cas - A tale of survival and evolution

Posted by Margo R. Monroe on Nov 25, 2013 5:12:00 PM

All organisms share an innate goal to survive. This past year, scientists hijacked survival tactics of prokaryotes to deliver the technological biological blockbuster known as the CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced palindromic repeats) Cas (CRISPR associated genes) system. This popular genome engineering tool offers flexibility, multiplexibility, and ease of use. In order for this technology to survive the diverse demands of the biotech field, let's look at how prokaryotes originally utilized CRISPR/Cas as a powerful and adaptive defense strategy against life-threatening viruses.

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Topics: Plasmid Technology, Genome Engineering, CRISPR

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