NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Horizon Discovery announced today that it has licensed non-exclusive rights to Harvard University's intellectual property covering gene-editing technology.

The Cambridge, UK-based firm said the license covers the commercialization of products that utilize Harvard's CRISPR gene-editing technology for research use. CRISPR is an RNA-guided gene editing system that can introduce either a targeted double strand break or single strand nick in the genome of mammalian cells.

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