The CRISPR (Clustered, Regularly Interspaced, Short Palindromic Repeats)-Cas (CRISPR-associated) (CRISPR-Cas) system has become trendy as it is suitable for numerous applications such as gene knockouts, genome-engineering, to name but a few. In a recent Technical Bulletin, Ed Davis describes the mechanism of CRISPR-Cas for genome editing and how the recent experimental improvements improve CRISPR-Cas9 specificity while reducing off-target effects.
It’s official, CRISPR has officially reached “Breakout” status as a Google search term (see image from Google Trends). The Clustered, Regularly Interspaced, Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) and RNA-guided Cas9 nucleases are an exciting new gene editing tool that allows life science researchers to directly modify the DNA of the organism they study.
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression and influence numerous cellular functions. Together with mature RNAs and small molecules, mature miRNAs can induce forced reprogramming of somatic cells. They are considered as key regulators in stem cell development. (1, 2)
But what if you want to profile the expression of human IPS (stem cell) related miRNAs?