Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Bio-Nanotech Tool for Precisely Slicing DNA

The story linked and excerpted below, from Forbes, tells the tale of trans-Atlantic collaboration among scientists.  I'd like to see more of this kind of collaboration in the built industry.  Tweaking strands of DNA, as these new tools are allowing scientists to do, will eventually lead to some amazing advanced materials and processes for use in the built industry.  The bar is constantly rising and change swirls around us every day.  Are you and your company ready to compete in the emerging knowledge economy?

Emmanuelle Charpentier of Umea University of Sweden had picked up hints of one likely protein. At a scientific conference, she struck up a friendship with Jennifer Doudna, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at UC Berkeley. Their transatlantic collaboration bloomed in part because Martin Jinek, a scientist in Doudna’s lab, spoke the same dialect of Polish as Krzysztof Chylinsk, one of Charpentier’s scientists. They named the protein they found CRISPR-associated system 9 — Cas9.  

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

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