The Interfaces of Genetic Conflict Are Hot Spots for Innovation
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RNA-guided Cas9 endonucleases protect bacteria from viral infection and have been creatively repurposed as programmable molecular scalpels for surgical manipulation of DNA. Now, two papers in Cell (Pawluk et al. and Rauch et al.) identify viral proteins that suppress Cas9 and may function like molecular sheaths for the Cas9 scalpel.
Carter, Joshua, Connor Hoffman, and Blake Wiedenheft. "The Interfaces of Genetic Conflict Are Hot Spots for Innovation." Cell 168, no. 1-2 (January 2017): 9-11. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2016.12.007.