WN@tL this week: How the CRISPR system is transforming genetic research

Stop by WN@tL this week to learn about “Bigger, Faster, Cheaper, CRISPR: A Small Step Towards Curing Genetic Diseases.” The talk, given by Dustin Rubinstein, facility director of the UW-Madison Biotechnology Center, will take place on June 10 from 7-8:15 pm in room 1111 of the UW Genetics/Biotech Center building. More details here.

The innovative CRISPR-Cas9 system has the potential to transform genetic research. The system allows scientists to make a genetically engineered mouse in as little as four months. Compare this to today’s standard of 1.5 to 2 years. The CRISPR-Cas9 system allows scientists to create permanent gene deletion in cell lines, genomic knockouts of genes in less than 1/3 the normal time, genomic deletion of enhancers, and more. This new technology is one of the fastest growing techniques being used in genetics today.