Emmanuelle Charpentier’s Still-Busy Life After Crispr

Emmanuelle Charpentier discusses her life as a co-discoverer of CRISPR with @nytimes

  • STORAGE Researchers in the 1980s noticed that bacteria had small blocks of palindromic DNA repeated many times, with nonrepeated spacers of DNA stored in between.
  • Or a snippet of different DNA can be inserted to fill the gap, effectively editing the DNA sequence.
  • EDITING Researchers are learning how to use synthetic RNA sequences to control the cutting of any piece of DNA they choose.
  • An enzyme and a second piece of RNA latch on, forming a structure that will bind to strands of DNA that match the spacer’s sequence.
  • The spacers match pieces of DNA from viral invaders that bacteria or their ancestors have faced before.

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@GeneticsGSA: “Emmanuelle Charpentier discusses her life as a co-discoverer of CRISPR with @nytimes”


One of the scientists credited with starting the gene editing revolution discusses her landmark discovery and how science has driven her.


Emmanuelle Charpentier’s Still-Busy Life After Crispr