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CRISPR-like tool for RNA editing could temporarily alter your proteins

RNA

RNA, as illustrated here, acts as a messenger to turn DNA into proteins

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A method for altering RNA that works similarly to the CRISPR DNA-editing technique has proven effective in animal tests and could be a powerful new tool for doctors.

The approach, created by a team led by Prashant Mali at the University of California, San Diego, is inherently safer than CRISPR because it doesn’t alter the genome. What’s more, it could be used to temporarily alter gene expression, which could treat conditions such as chronic pain.

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