"There is no shortage of optimism about the scientific potential of CRISPR–Cas9, a technique that can precisely alter the genomes of everything from wheat to elephants", as an article in NATURE states. How exactly does this new technique work? How does it change the lab routine? What are potential applications in medicine? And what are the ethical implications?
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Dr. Stefan Hans (postdoc at the Biotec Center, TU Dresden)
Dr. Jifeng Fei (postdoc at the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden)
Prof. Frank Buchholz (Medical Systems Biology, TU Dresden, MPI-CBG Fellow)
Dr. Rayk Behrendt (postdoc at the Medical Faculty, TU Dresden)
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