The giant virus changed its own type of CRISPR to destroy invaders

The giant virus changed its own type of CRISPR to destroy invaders

According to Michael Le Page

mimivirus

Large viruses may have sophisticated immune systems

MEHAU KULYK LIBRARY / FOTO PHOTO

The mimivirus is so large and its own immune system is similar to CRISPR to protect it against the smallest viruses that attack it. A team in France confirmed how it works by transferring the whole system to a bacterium and converting it to a different target.

While CRISPR has become famous as a genetic tool, genetics can be used to edit genomics. The bacteria “bits” on DNA bits from the viruses that attack them and add to it… t

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