Science of Life

11 Months ago

CRISPR a tool for conservation, not just gene editing: Scientists use CRISPR to rapidly identify endangered delta smelt and its look-alikes

The gene-editing technology CRISPR has been used for a variety of agricultural and public health purposes -- from growing disease-resistant crops to, more recently, a diagnostic test for the virus that causes COVID-19. Now a study involving fish that look nearly identical to the endangered Delta smelt finds that CRISPR can be a conservation and resource management tool, as well. The researchers think its ability to rapidly detect and differentiate among sp..