New method for targeting specific genes.

In Brain Disorders, Brain Science, DNA, Genetics by Brainy Days Ahead

Originally, researchers learned what a particular gene was doing in a tissue of interest, such as developing brain cells, they had to cut out, switch off or otherwise destroy the gene in that tissue and then observe the outcome. Deleting a gene involved clipping out stretches of DNA encoding entire genes or very big chunks of them from an animal’s genome. Using a streamlined new method, researchers  are able to selectively target specific cell types, opening up opportunities for new and more effective drug therapies.