NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The exotic CRISPR enzyme C2c2 has two different RNA cleaving functions — one for cutting its target and another for processing its guiding CRISPR RNA. The distinct RNase activities of the RNA-guided, RNA-targeting C2c2 enzyme were parsed in a new Nature study led by University of California, Berkeley scientists Jennifer Doudna and Robert Tijan.

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