Editor’s note: WRAL TechWire today launches a new package of features focusing on innovation. This package will be part of Innovation Thursday.



Earlier this year, WRAL published a series titled Innovation Road Trip that featured six video and story packages from across North Carolina. Check out part one:

How CRISPR is solving problems through DNA editing

Written by Abbey Slattery, WRAL Digital Solutions

Eradication of certain diseases, increasing crop sizes, reducing pest populations — the current and future applications of CRISPR have the potential to change ways of life around the world.

A tool for editing genomes — including altering DNA and modifying gene functions — CRISPR is short for CRISPR-Cas9 and refers to a string of DNA and the Cas9 enzyme. CRISPR works by finding a specific section of DNA, cutting it, then inserting a mutation or replacing a faulty gene.

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