Step Aside CRISPR, RNA Editing Is Taking Off

Step Aside CRISPR, RNA Editing Is Taking Off
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Thorsten Stafforst found his big break at the worst possible time. In 2012, his team at the University of Tübingen in Germany discovered that by linking enzymes to engineered strands of RNA, they could change the sequences of messenger RNA molecules in cells. In essence, they could rewrite the genome's instructions en route to making proteins.

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