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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Editas Medicine has exclusively licensed a newly released CRISPR enzyme from Integrated DNA Technologies for human therapeutic applications, IDT said today.

The new enzyme, Alt-R Cas12a (Cpf1) Ultra is a mutant of Acidaminococcus sp. BV3L6 Cas12a (Cpf1) that has enhanced editing activity, reaching or exceeding the performance of Cas9, according to IDT. The new enzyme also retains activity across a wider temperature range than the wild-type enzyme, making it useful for genome editing in additional organisms, including plants.

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