Initially, only microbiologists were enthusiastic about the discovery that bacteria can defend themselves against viruses by using a kind of immune system. However, since it became known that the system known as CRISPR/Cas9 could be used to manipulate the genome of a wide variety of organisms, non-scientists have also been interested in the new genetic engineering method. But how does the method with the unspeakable name work?
RNA as a tool
In the laboratory, RNA molecules can be used as tools to study and better understand cellular processes. Two frequently used techniques are RNA interference and the gene scissors.