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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Cellecta has recently received a six-month Phase I SBIR grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a validated set of reagents for targeted CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing.

CRISPR/Cas9 involves the use of a specific enzyme to cause double-strand DNA breaks that induce gene silencing. The process can be targeted to specific areas of the genome using so-called guide RNAs.

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