I’m dreaming of a genome Christmas

By Jonathan Jackson. Published at Jan 29, 2019, in Buy and Cell

Recently in Melbourne it was 44 degrees. It was hot. Damn hot. Real hot. Hottest things is my shorts. I could cook things in it. Thanks to the late, great Robin Williams for that. It was hot around the country and some people who forgot to slip, slop, slap were getting burnt to a crisp.

This brings me to the completely unrelated CRISPR.

CRISPR-Cas9 is a gene editing tool that makes it easier to edit the genome. It has become so popular amongst the research and development set that companies such as the German chemical producer BASF are exploring its potential in commercial agriculture and microbiology.

You can read more about CRISPR here.

The $58.3 billion capped BASF has obtained a non-exclusive license from the US Broad Institute to modify crop plants to increase yield and make them resistant to disease.

I remember when BASF used to make audio cassette tapes that allowed me to tape songs from the radio. Although one more hot day like yesterday and my memory will be a blister in the sun.

With Christmas 2018 now a short memory, researchers at the University of Warwick have been experimenting with CRISPR-Cas9, proposing to use it to insert firefly genes for glowing proteins into the genomes of Christmas trees.

That means you wouldn’t need lights, the trees would naturally glow at night.

I’m dreaming of a genome Christmas.

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