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Scientists led by a team at the Broad Institute of Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard report on the development of a CRISPR-Cas13 enzyme-based technology called CARVER that can be programmed both to detect and to destroy ssRNA-based viruses in human cells. Initial tests in cultured cells showed that the system could reduce flu virus infectivity 300-fold within hours of viral exposure.
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Enzymes are proteins that catalyze (i.e., increase the rates of) chemical reactions. In enzymatic reactions, the molecules at the beginning of the process, called substrates, are converted into different molecules, called products. Almost all chemical re...