Have you considered that protein over-expression or inefficient mRNA knockdown may be masking physiological effects in your assays? Increasingly scientists are moving to endogenous gene-editing to characterise the function of their genes of interest.
Dr Chris Thorne from Cambridge Biotech Horizon Discovery discusses the ground breaking gene-editing technology CRISPR. The simplicity of experimental design has led to rapid adoption of the technology across the scientific community. However, challenges remain.
This Slidedeck focuses specifically on implementing CRISPR experiments, and explore a number of key considerations crucial to maximising chances of targeting success, whether your goal is to generate a knock-out or a knock-in. Chris also takes a look at some of the alternative uses of CRISPR, including sgRNA genome wide synthetic lethality screens.
The slides aim to support those researchers either planning to or already using CRISPR gene-editing in their lab. Horizon Discovery have also recently launched a program aimed specifically at academic cell biologists to promote the adoption of CRISPR by offering FREE CRISPR Reagents for knock-out cell line generation - more information available here. http://www.horizondiscovery.com/what-we-do/discovery-toolbox/genassist-crispr--raav-genome-editing-tools