Summary #1226

The First Gene-Edited Squid in History Is a Biological Breakthrough

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  • In a big milestone for biology, scientists successfully engineered the first genetically altered squid using the DNA editing tool CRISPR.
  • It could not only explain the mystery of the squid’s intelligence, but also genes involved in learning and memory, helping in the study of neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Until now, cephalopods like squid were notoriously difficult when it comes to manipulating genes.
  • For now they only removed pigment from the squid, but they’re planning to use their new technique to study the squid’s neural activity.

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