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Gene Editing in the Wildonger Lab

From the Wisconsin State Journal 05/08/2016

UW-Madison researchers are joining scientists around the world in using a powerful gene editing tool that is transforming biology and could improve human health

In fruit flies, Wildonger is altering nerve cell proteins that control movement, mirroring human conditions collectively known as spastic paraplegia. She’s also studying mutations associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Since CRISPR has been available for only a few years, it may take a while for the general public to see any tangible benefits. But for researchers, the benefits are already real, Wildonger said.

"CRISPR-Cas9 is going to revolutionize science,” she said. “This a technique to pay attention to.”