Scientific interest in Clustered Regularly Interspaced Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) systems exploded in 2012/2013 when focus shifted from their natural function as a component of adaptive bacterial immunity to their use as a toolkit to find, cut and replace DNA at a specific location in eukaryotes. Widely considered to be a breakthrough technology, the speed of adoption of this technology has been phenomenal. Catherine Coombes, Senior Patent Attorney at HGF Limited concentrates on applications of CRISPR.
The adaption of CRISPR/Cas9 systems as a tool kit to find, cut and replace DNA at a specific location in eukaryotes has resulted in a major breakthrough in gene editing technology, says Catherine Coombes of HGF
The path from the discovery of the CRISPR/Cas mechanism as part of bacteria’s adaptive immune system to the use of this pathway in the food industry and later as a breakthrough gene-editing tool is a good illustration of the power of collaboration among scientists across disciplines.
Last year, a select collection of CRISPR Cas9 enthusiasts gathered to debate both the bright future and the flaring issues facing the technique, which has trail-blazed its way through the market...
The timeline spans from 2011 and the discovery of a second RNA to recent advancements in 2016, outlining the major experiments that took place to lead CRISPR to where it is today.
Oppositions to a patent covering the CRISPR/Cas9 system illustrate the need for applicants to carefully consider making statements on commercially important technology even after a patent application has been filed. Catherine Coombes of law firm HGF reports.
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