CRISPR

[ kris-per ]
/ ˈkrɪs pər /

noun

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.
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.

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Origin of CRISPR

First recorded in 2000–05; acronym from C(lustered) R(egularly) I(nterspaced) S(hort) P(alindromic) R(epeats)
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