CRISPR is already revolutionizing Biotechnology. However, like every biotech revolution, there then follows a patent war. But the discovery of a new gene editing protein (Cpf1), with the potential of replacing Cas9, could change this status-quo.
As Business Insider puts its, CRISPR is “the biggest biotech discovery of the century“. And its true, it really changed a lot. You can find out more on this review we wrote on how it will revolutionize therapeutics. Now even more so, according to Reuters, as co-discoverers Jennifer Doudna (UC Berkeley) and Emmanuel Charpentier (a French researcher now working in Berlin) have been short-listed to receive the next nobel prize next month.
Whilst CRISPR is a fantastic tool, it does involve a lot of patents which can complicate things. The main battle occurs between University of California, Berkeley and the Broad institute (MIT + Harvard) who fight over who invented the first CRISPR editing tools.