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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

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Computational Biology | Genetic Phenomena | Genetics


A computationally evolutionary investigation was performed to re-analyze the WGS data of the two studies published in Nature Methods (2015, 2017) with opposite conclusions on CRISPR off-target mutations. Our analysis concluded that the so-called unexpected SNVs pattern obtained by the study of Schaefer et al. are not typically germline-like. Some of unusual and unidentified mutations may arise, but the real reasons remain to be explored. Based on the available data and a direct comparison of the two studies, we presented two possible reasons and future re-analysis directions that may contribute to such different conclusions. To characterize the authentic CRISPR-mediated mutations, we are required to have appropriate controls to rule out other sources of mutations, which will be needed for benchmarking of targeting safety of CRISPR-based gene therapy.


CRISPR, mutation, CRISPR-based gene therapy, genetics

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