Mello explains powerful new DNA editing tool in New York Times

By Lisa M. Larson

UMass Medical School Communications

March 04, 2014
Craig C. Mello in the lab with students
Craig C. Mello (left), seen in the lab with students, talked to The New York Times about CRISPR, a genome-engineering tool that may allow scientists to alter the DNA of humans, animals and plants.

A genome-engineering tool known as CRISPR may allow scientists to alter the DNA of humans, animals and plants, a research breakthrough that promises to make a significant impact on science and fighting diseases, according to a March 3 story in the New York Times.

“It does make it easier to genetically engineer the human germ line,” Nobel Laureate Craig C. Mello, PhD, told the Times, referring to making genetic changes that could be passed to future generations.

Dr. Mello is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, the Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and distinguished professor of molecular medicine and cell biology.

Read the full Times story here.