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    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Synthetically modified guide RNA and donor DNA are a versatile platform for CRISPR-Cas9 engineering

    Kunwoo Lee et al.
    The guide RNA and donor DNA of the CRISPR/Cas system tolerate large chemical modifications and can be engineered for enhanced delivery and gene editing.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Targeted genome editing by lentiviral protein transduction of zinc-finger and TAL-effector nucleases

    Yujia Cai et al.
    Lentiviral protein transduction offers a new approach for administration of custom-designed nucleases, leading to high-efficacy targeted gene editing and reduced off-target activity after virus-directed delivery of programmable nuclease proteins.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Stochastic tuning of gene expression enables cellular adaptation in the absence of pre-existing regulatory circuitry

    Peter L Freddolino et al.
    Stochastic tuning of gene expression could be a common mechanism through which eukaryotic cells adapt to challenging external environments, potentially including survival of infectious organisms within the host and adaptation of cancer cells to chemotherapy.
    1. Plant Biology

    Point of View: Europe’s first and last field trial of gene-edited plants?

    Jean-Denis Faure, Johnathan A Napier
    The reclassification of gene editing as "GM" will impact on European plant sciences, making it more difficult to validate new traits in field trials and drive forward innovation.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Covalent linkage of the DNA repair template to the CRISPR-Cas9 nuclease enhances homology-directed repair

    Natasa Savic et al.
    Linking the DNA repair template to the Cas9 ribonucleoprotein complex enhances homology-directed repair of the induced DNA double strand break.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Programmed knockout mutation of liver fluke granulin attenuates virulence of infection-induced hepatobiliary morbidity

    Patpicha Arunsan et al.
    Gene knockout of liver fluke granulin by CRISPR/Cas9 attenuates the virulence of infection with a carcinogenic liver fluke.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    A high-throughput small molecule screen identifies farrerol as a potentiator of CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing

    Weina Zhang et al.
    Farrerol promotes the efficiency of CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing in both cells and embryos.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Multi-syndrome, multi-gene risk modeling for individuals with a family history of cancer with the novel R package PanelPRO

    Gavin Lee et al.
    A comprehensive package for pedigree-based risk modeling, with a highly optimized computational back-end, extends existing models beyond syndrome-specific approaches and incorporates data from panel studies by allowing for an arbitrary number of gene and syndrome associations.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Diverse functions of homologous actin isoforms are defined by their nucleotide, rather than their amino acid sequence

    Pavan Vedula et al.
    CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing in mice reveals that diverse functions of actin isoforms are defined by their nucleotide, rather than their amino acid sequence, suggesting a novel mechanism of nucleotide-dependent protein regulation in eukaryotic genomes.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Antagonistic roles for Ataxin-2 structured and disordered domains in RNP condensation

    Amanjot Singh et al.
    Ataxin-2 interacts with neuronal mRNA in RNP granules.