Rutgers Researchers Aim to 'Edit' Proteins in Humans and Attain Insight into Illness
Written by John Chadwick | SAS Senior Writer
Interdisciplinary team receives “high risk-high payoff” grant from NSF
Rutgers researchers are seeking to develop the technology to modify or “edit” protein molecules in the body—an advance that could spur major breakthroughs in human health.
While such research is in its early phases, the Rutgers team has received support from a National Science Foundation program that provides funding for boldly conceived research.
“This research, if successful, would build the technology to allow precision editing of proteins,” says Sagar Khare, the principal investigator on the project and a professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences. “The ability to edit proteins will widen our understanding of fundamental human biology as well as lay the foundation for therapies that could selectively destroy or correct defective proteins associated with disease.”
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