Cutting back malaria: CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing of Plasmodium

Marcus C.S. Lee, Scott E. Lindner, Jose Juan Lopez-Rubio, Manuel Llinás

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CRISPR/Cas9 approaches are revolutionizing our ability to perform functional genomics across a wide range of organisms, including the Plasmodium parasites that cause malaria. The ability to deliver single point mutations, epitope tags and gene deletions at increased speed and scale is enabling our understanding of the biology of these complex parasites, and pointing to potential new therapeutic targets. In this review, we describe some of the biological and technical considerations for designing CRISPR-based experiments, and discuss potential future developments that broaden the applications for CRISPR/Cas9 interrogation of the malaria parasite genome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-289
Number of pages9
JournalBriefings in functional genomics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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