New genomics initiative at UC Berkeley

With a $10 million gift from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Berkeley recently announced the formation of the Innovative Genomics Initiative (IGI). Its purpose is to “lead a revolution in genetic engineering based on a new technology already generating novel strategies for gene therapy and the genetic study of disease.”

Excellent. And UC Berkeley is a good place to do it since the university is home to Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna, who is credited with co-discovering CRISPR/Cas9, precision “DNA scissors” that allow scientists to better edit genes.