Synthego announced the winners of its $100,000 synthetic sgRNA grant giveaway. Based on the quality of applications received, the original goal of awarding five winners was extended to include three additional grant recipients, each receiving $20,000 worth of synthetic sgRNA for CRISPR genome editing, according to the company.

The eight winners of the grant include George Washington University, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Michigan State University, University of California San Diego, University of Florida, University of Freiburg, Medical Center University of Oxford, and VIB (Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie).

The grant enables these institutions to more effectively conduct CRISPR genome engineering research in a number of application areas, noted Ted Tisch, COO at Synthego. John Wayne Cancer Institute, for example, is carrying out studies on translational molecular medicine, and the University of California San Diego is exploring the ability of neurons to grow following spinal cord injuries.

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