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​NTU employs gene editing technique to develop diagnosis tool

Published on: 15-Dec-2018

NTU researchers are using a gene-editing technique, known as CRISPR, to develop a diagnostic kit that could detect viruses and bacteria, as well as identify genetic mutations that trigger cancer. NTU SCBE Asst Prof Tan Meng How explained how the CRISPR technique has higher efficacy than the current PCR technique commonly used in hospitals. The NTU team hopes to push out an affordable and convenient diagnosis tool to the market in three years' time, and they are also conducting gene therapy research.

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