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Functional genomic screening

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Functional genomic screening allows for the elucidation of the mechanism of action of exogenous agents which modulate intracellular gene function such as pharmaceutical agents and other compounds. Read about the various considerations, approaches and interpretations when conducting a screen to investigate novel compounds and analyzing the screening data.

A revolution is under way in functional genomics which is spearheaded by the CRISPR-Cas9 system and its application to pooled genetic screening. Remarkable new tools, made possible by dCas9, are coming to fruition that will allow for a new kind of interrogation of gene function, allowing us to ask more sophisticated questions about the biology of drug targets.

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