As a sponsor of the Rare Disease Challenge in 2014, Taconic donated custom generation of a genetically engineered mouse model that is now being used to study Sanfilippo disease through a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This genetic metabolism disorder causes severe brain damage and typically results in hearing loss, vision loss, organ damage and bone deformities.
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For the 2015 challenge Taconic is donating an end-to-end project that includes custom model generation, model characterization, cryopreservation, and rapid expansion breeding of a cohort of mice ready for use in studies. The genetically engineered mouse model will be derived using the advanced CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) gene editing technique.
In addition to Taconic’s contribution, more than $600,000 in other technologies, products and services will be awarded this year. Learn more about the BeHEARD 2015 challenge.