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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley this week reported on the discovery of two new CRISPR/Cas systems in a variety of uncultivated microbes, opening the door for the development of new versions of the genome-editing technology.

The team also uncovered the existence of genes encoding Cas9 — the enzyme that cleaves double-stranded DNA at specific locations during the CRISPR process — in archaea, marking the first evidence that the CRISPR system exists in these prokaryotes.

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