Genome-Editing Tools Compose New Models of Autism

Simons Foundation Autism Research Institute
Date Published: 
September 5, 2013

New synthetic biology tools have allowed for great advances in genetic testing of many mutations. This technology known as CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) allows researchers to create molecular scissors that cut and paste essentially any mutation into the genome of any cell, including a human stem cell.