• An albino opossum proves CRISPR works for marsupials, too

    10 days ago - By Technology Review

    Mice: check. Lizards: check. Squid: check. Marsupials... check.
    CRISPR has been used to modify the genes of tomatoes, humans, and just about everything in between. Because of their unique reproductive biology and their relative rarity in laboratory settings, though, marsupials had eluded the CRISPR rush-until now.
    A team of researchers at Japan's Riken Institute, a national research facility, have used the technology to edit the genes of a South American species of opossum. The results were described in a new study out today in Current Biology. The ability to tweak marsupial genomes could...
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