Thermo Fisher Scientific Expands Access to Genome Editing with Hands-On Workshop
Four-day course provides lectures and lab training on CRISPR and TALEN technologies

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In order to better educate researchers, Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched a workshop that focuses on the two most powerful genome editing technologies that are transforming science – CRISPR and TALEN.

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Dedicated to advancing science through education, Thermo Fisher designed a course comprised of both lectures and laboratory training to educate researchers on these two key genome editing platform technologies. The hands-on workshops, held at multiple Thermo Fisher state-of-the-art training facilities around the world, will guide researchers through a basic four-day CRISPR cell engineering workflow, from design and synthesis of target-specific guide RNAs, through the actual editing step in living cells, all the way to the analysis of the edited genome. The workshops also emphasize TALEN technology as an alternative genome-editing tool available for precise and efficient editing, such as SNP repair. TALs can be designed to cleave as close as possible to the mutation of interest, making it possible to target any sequence in the genome.

"Our workshops are designed to equip researchers with the instruction and hands-on training they need to comfortably utilize the leading genome-editing technologies in their own labs," said Helge Bastian, vice president and general manager of synthetic biology at Thermo Fisher Scientific. "As the practice of engineering nucleic acids in-silico, in-vitro and in living cells evolves at a high-speed pace, it is increasingly important for life science professionals to learn about the basics and the newest formats of these high-precision molecular technologies. This will enable them to unravel the underlying mechanisms of normal cellular processes and disease on-set or progression, support the discovery and development of new drugs and enhance biomanufacturing and therapy solutions."

In Thermo Fisher's training workshops, participants will attend comprehensive lectures from scientific experts on genome editing and cell engineering. Attendees will also take part in training sessions using the highly efficient CRISPR-Cas9 system and TALEN technology. The workshops include:

  • an overview of the principles and use of the CRISPR-Cas9 system and TALEN technology for genome editing;
  • experimental design strategies for successful execution of gene editing projects;
  • methods to evaluate and validate gene editing efficiency;
  • delivery of gRNAs and Cas9 mRNA or Cas9 protein into the cell line using a lipid-based transfection reagent or electroporation to generate a gene knockout;
  • how use of TALs as a genome-editing tool can optimally support the knock-in workflow;
  • determination of general editing efficiency with a PCR-based DNA mismatch method (Genomic Cleavage Detection Assay) and detection of the SNP change through analysis of fluorescent protein expression;
  • an opportunity to connect with experts to design a genome editing experiment.

Participants who have completed the workshop have praised the hands-on work, small group size and knowledgeable trainers. "We've heard positive feedback from participants with all levels of genome editing experience," added Bastian.

Following recent workshops in Carlsbad, Calif., Germany and the UK, and due to strong demand from the scientific community, Thermo Fisher has more than doubled the number of workshops offered and plans to hold courses throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Registrations are limited to eight attendees per class to ensure a rich educational experience. Thermo Fisher Scientific's CRISPR and TALEN workshops are now open for registration. To register or for more information, visit our website.

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