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Scientists design way to track steps of cells’ development

December 12, 2018 dna 0
Scientists have developed a new tool described as a ‘flight data recorder’ for developing cells, illuminating the paths cells take as they progress from one type to another. This cellular tracking device could one day help scientists guide cells along the right paths to regenerate certain tissues or organs, or help researchers understand the wrong turns some cells might take on their way to becoming cancerous.
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CRISPR joins battle of the bulge, fights obesity without edits to genome

December 12, 2018 dna 0
A weighty new study shows that CRISPR therapies can cut fat without cutting DNA. Researchers describe how a modified version of CRISPR was used to ramp up the activity of certain genes and prevent severe obesity in mice with genetic mutations that predispose them to extreme weight gain. Importantly, the researchers achieved long-lasting weight control without making a single edit to the genome.