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CRISPR

[kris-per] /ˈkrɪs pər/
noun
1.
Biochemistry. a unique cluster of short, repeated DNA sequences found in bacterial genomes and capable of fighting viruses:
CRISPR enables bacteria to integrate foreign DNA into their genome.
2.
Genetics. the technology of targeting a DNA-detecting molecule to a specific genetic sequence for the purpose of editing a gene’s base pairs:
The approach called CRISPR should speed up the process by allowing researchers to study the entire genome at once.
Origin of CRISPR
2000-2005
First recorded in 2000-05; acronym from Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats
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