Definition of CRISPR
- Just a few years after its invention, CRISPR gene editing is already having a major impact on biomedical research. It makes it easy to "turn off" genes one at a time, to see what they do. It can introduce specific mutations, to find out why they make cells cancerous or predispose people to diseases. And it can be used to tinker with the genes of plants and animals …
- —Michael Le Page
- Using CRISPR, they have now disabled four rice genes, suggesting that the technique could be used to engineer this crucial food crop.
- —Elizabeth Pennisi
- Scientists hope Crispr might also be used for genomic surgery, as it were, to correct errant genes that cause disease.
- —Andrew Pollack