Modeling Disease In Vivo With CRISPR/Cas9

Trends Mol Med. 2015 Oct;21(10):609-621. doi: 10.1016/j.molmed.2015.07.006.


The recent advent of CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing has created a wave of excitement across the scientific research community, carrying the promise of simple and effective genomic manipulation of nearly any cell type. CRISPR has quickly become the preferred tool for genetic manipulation, and shows incredible promise as a platform for studying gene function in vivo. I discuss the current application of CRISPR technology to create new in vivo disease models, with a particular focus on how these tools, derived from an adaptive bacterial immune system, are helping us to better model the complexity of human cancer.

Keywords: CRISPR; Cas9; cancer; in vivo.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • CRISPR-Cas Systems*
  • Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats*
  • Endonucleases*
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological*


  • Endonucleases