Discovery of bacterial system opens more doors for genome engineering

03/10/2014 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The recent discovery of a bacterial system that allows scientists to customize genomes at the cellular level is being hailed as a breakthrough that could lead to genetic engineering of humans, animals and plants. The system could be used to tweak existing genes in crops, creating new characteristics. "I don't know any species of plant or animal where it has been tried and it failed," said George Church, a professor at Harvard Medical School.

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