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CRISPR-Cas9

My Technology blog has covered pretty obvious tech stories so far such as the release of Windows 10, the popularity of tablets etc. I wanted this post to be about some technology that you most likely haven’t heard of. Well, you may not have so far but I’m guessing you will be hearing a lot more about it in 2016 as it’s a real game changer for Scientists.

CRISPR-Cas9 is one of those tools that comes along every so often and can completely shakes-up science as we know it, opening-up pathways that we couldn’t imagine possible. In short, this new technique allows scientists to make specified changes in certain genes that are found in living cells. Ok, there were methods that existed prior to this discovery but it was a long, drawn-out process and the results weren’t as impressive. The fact that the old methods were so slow in relation to the results you’d get, meant that they weren’t widely adopted by scientists. This is the exact reason why this new technique is seen as such a huge discovery.

CRISPR-Cas9 is a superfast and super easy process. It has been around a few years now but huge strides have been made in that time and this is expected to be a big year for the technology. Reversing mutations that cause blindness, preventing cancer cells from multiplying and even the ability to make cells impervious to the virus that triggers AIDS. It’s also been used for engineering crops so they withstand droughts. Keep a look out in 2016 as there are expected to be many more breakthroughs using this technique which will impact worldwide.