Computer illustration showing the molecular structure of the CRISPR-associated protein Cas9 in complex with RNA (ribonucleic acid, red) and DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid, orange-fuchsia). Cas9 is a nuclease protein associated with the CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspersed Palindromic Repeats) adaptive immunity system in Streptococcus pyogenes and other bacteria. It uses a guide RNA sequence to cut DNA at a complementary site. Seen here: Cas9 alpha-helical lobe (grey), HNH domain (blue), RuvC domain (light blue), C-terminal-domain (pink), topo homology domain (pale pink), arginine-rich helix (light fuchsia), guideRNA (red), target DNA (orange), non-target DNA (fuchsia). | Ramon Andrade 3DCiencia/Science Photo Library/Getty Images

CRISPR’s ‘Off-Target Effects’ May Just Be Genetic Drift

A leading journal retracted a 2017 paper that implicated CRISPR-Cas9 in causing unintended genetic mutations.

Updated On 04/20/2018 at 04:11PM EST
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