With Crispr, a Possible Quick Test for the Coronavirus


2017 Blavatnik Awards Laureate in Life Sciences, Dr. Feng Zhang, has developed an experimental prototype for a quick and affordable test to diagnose the coronavirus based on the gene-editing technology, Crispr. Dr. Zhang was one of the pioneers of Crispr technology and was recognized as a Blavatnik Laureate for his role in developing the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system and pioneering its use in mammalian cells, and for his development of revolutionary technologies in neuroscience. The New York times reports on how Dr. Zhang and his team are retooling Crispr’s tags and enzymes to detect viruses in a cost-efficient and convenient manner. Read the full article here.