[Video] How CRISPR/Cas Could Combat Viral Infections

What can you *do* with the hot, new gene-editing system? This animation shows how it can seek and destroy viral DNA in cells.

Now that we finally have a way to edit the genome--the famous CRISPR/Cas system--scientists are coming up with novel ways to use it for new therapies. Like what, for example? A new study published in PLOS Pathogens shows it could be used against different types of herpesviruses . It could even eradicate viral DNA hiding in cells, in some cases of latent infections!

Members of the herpes family of viruses are all around us and have diverse and serious consequences for human health. This animated video will show you how scientists aim to use CRISPR/Cas to fight these viral infections and the diseases they cause.