Genome editing

Controlling genes with light

July 22, 2013

Controlling genes with light

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Anne Trafton, MIT News Office

Although human cells have an estimated 20,000 genes, only a fraction of those are turned on at any given time, depending on the cell’s needs — which can change by the minute or hour.

New way to turn genes on

December 10, 2014

New way to turn genes on

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

Using a gene-editing system originally developed to delete specific genes, MIT researchers have now shown that they can reliably turn on any gene of their choosing in living cells.

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