Science Milestone: The creation of CRISPR

Scientists harnessed the prokaryotic immune system to develop a groundbreaking gene editing technology that improves human health.

Once only a concept in science fiction, genome editing technology has undergone a few decades of discovery and development, becoming an indispensable tool in modern biological research. Scientists now leverage CRISPR-based gene editing systems to create animal models, improve crop yields, and develop therapeutics for numerous diseases. 

Explore this milestone article from Drug Discovery News to learn how scientists uncovered CRISPR, characterized the CRISPR-Cas system, and exploited CRISPR-Cas for targeted genome editing.