Article Correctness Is Author's Responsibility: MAGIC system allows researchers to modulate the activity of genes acting in concert

(Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Genomic research has unlocked the capability to edit the genomes of living cells; yet so far, the effects of such changes must be examined in isolation. In contrast, the complex traits that are of interest in both fundamental and applied research, such as those related to microbial biofuel production, involve many genes acting in concert. A newly developed system will now allow researchers to fine-tune the activity of multiple genes simultaneously.