Added 9 May, 2018
CRISPR gene editing tech to be used for at-home disease detection
Over the past few years, the gene-editing tool CRISPR has breathed new life into the field of genetics. Suddenly, genetic engineering was deemed both simple and efficient. CRISPR has been used to make specific tweaks to the genomes of myriad plants and animals, editing things like horns out of cattle and disease-resistance into crops.
Now, startups including Mammoth Biosciences promise to offer unprecedented disease diagnostics, using CRISPR to detect biomarkers associated with practically any disease. The system will perform detection of any organism that contains DNA and RNA, according to the company, meaning every infectious disease (like STDs, influenza, and malaria) and even cancers can be targets.
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