A New DNA Editing Toolkit for the alga Nannochloropsis
by Igor Houwat, Eric Poliner (MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory) Eric Poliner and a team of MSU scientists in the Farre and Benning labs have released a new genetic engineering toolkit for the alga Nannochloropsis. The alga is of interest for the production of biofuels and other oil-based chemicals.
Over the past decade, the science of engineering genes has become much more precise. That goes especially for CRISPR, a set of tools to delete or edit genes in an organism’s DNA.
Scientists are using CRISPR to understand how plants and animals work. They are also exploiting it to create new applications in order to benefit humanity.
“Our new CRISPR toolkit targets Nannochloropsis, which is a great candidate for useful applications. This alga is quick to grow. It is easy to study. And it produces a lot of oil, which is interesting for industrial production,” Eric says. READ MORE