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Speeding up gene discovery

December 12, 2013

illustration of scissors cutting paper Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new gene-editing system that enables large-scale studies of gene function. The new system, called CRISPR, allows researchers to permanently and selectively delete genes from a cell's DNA. Full Story

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