Bacterial Defense Systems Have Several Clinical And Research Applications- New Study Finds

First Posted: Nov 12, 2015 11:15 AM EST

The genetic based defense systems found in bacteria can be used to manipulate the microbes (tiny organisms) in a variety of clinical and research applications, according to a recent study.

The researchers identified the new mechanism as the CRISPR-Cas system, which protect bacteria naturally. It is capable of recognizing and cutting genetic elements from possible invaders, according to the researchers.

"CRISPR-Cas systems have proven to be amazing tools, yet we have barely scratched the surface of how these systems can be harnessed and applied," Dr. Chase Beisel, lead author of the study said in a news release.

The CRISPR-Cas system has created an extensive "genetic toolbox" and it could generate new findings and mechanisms on the world of bacteria. This new system could contribute to major improvements in treating bacterial infections. In addition, this system could pave the way for new development of probiotic and microbial chemical factories.

The findings of this study were published in the journal Biotechnology and Bioengineering.

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