NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Scientists have found a way to induce both gene activation and gene editing at the same time, in the same cell, using only one kind of Cas9 enzyme. The finding opens the door for multiplexing the various CRISPR/Cas9 applications that scientists have developed in the last few years, which could enable more complex studies of synthetic and endogenous gene circuits.

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