Today’s Spotlight features a photograph, taken by Bryce Vickmark
of (left to right) Thales Papagiannakopoulos, Francisco Sanchez-Rivera, and Koch Institute director Tyler Jacks.
Sequencing the genomes of tumor cells has revealed thousands of genetic mutations linked with cancer. However, sifting through this deluge of information to figure out which of these mutations actually drive cancer growth has proven to be a tedious, time-consuming process.
MIT researchers have now developed a new way to model the effects of these genetic mutations in mice. Their approach, based on the genome-editing technique known as CRISPR, is much faster than existing strategies, which require genetically engineering mice that carry the cancerous mutations.
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