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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – An Australian team of researchers is putting a publicly available CRISPR/Cas9 guide RNA (gRNA) design tool on the cloud, with hopes that it will help them and others determine the contributions of epigenetics to CRISPR activity.

GT-Scan2, a CRISPR design tool that offers both on-target and off-target analysis for given gRNAs, makes use of new cloud computing infrastructure from Amazon Web Services called Lambda functions, or, microservices.

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