New gene editing technique for neurons could boost research in brain diseases

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience say they’ve developed a tool that allows for precise genome editing of neurons. It capitalizes on a part of the CRISPR-Cas9 system called homology directed repair (HDR), which allows researchers to add, change or delete specific genes. Researchers believe they’ll be able to use their tool to make precise genetic changes in cells regardless of age, stage of maturity or brain region. That could accelerate research aimed at understanding normal brain processes, as well as finding therapies that work when normal functioning goes awry.

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/mpfi-gei101217.php