Tackling Liver Cancer Using CRISPR to Develop a New Animal Model — TXBioBytes Podcast Episode 013

Helen Lee Breton is a researcher who works in Dr. Chen’s lab.

Scientists at Texas Biomed are using CRISPR technology to try to create a new animal model for liver cancer. Liver cancer can have its roots in infectious diseases or metabolic conditions. And it’s a killer worldwide.

Promising therapies developed in mouse models have failed in humans. So the experts at the Southwest National Primate Research Center think a bigger animal like a monkey might work better.

The Southwest National Primate Research Center at Texas Biomed is home to more than a thousand of these Old World monkeys.

CRISPR came on to the scientific scene in 2012. Christopher Chen, Ph.D., says it’s really making a huge impact in labs around the country.