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What is famous about Santa Cruz?

Known for its beautiful and expansive beaches along with its surf and laid-back culture, Santa Cruz is a dream place to settle down and a vacation destination. The land and area known as Santa Cruz was founded in 1769 by Spanish explorer Don Gaspar. He called the area Santa Cruz which means holy cross. The famous mission at Santa Cruz was established in 1791 and was founded by the Spanish as one of the civil settlements or pueblos in California.What is Famous About Santa Cruz?

Santa Cruz is known as a beach town with one of the most touristy spots as the boardwalk and fishing pier. Besides the seaside scenery, there is so much more to this beautiful area. There is a historical mission and a quaint downtown. It is close to Monterey Bay and also boasts of ocean views. There is a huge marine environment to view as they play in the deep blue waters.

Surfers can often catch a glimpse of marine life. Santa Cruz is known for its outdoor activities with coastal hiking trails. You can find hiking trails in most places, but not coastal hiking trails. The best are found in Wilder Ranch State Park. This park is known for its beautiful hummingbirds and access to the Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

The cultural lifestyle is what attracts many to Santa Cruz.

There are Shakespeare performances, surfing museums, and the historical mission that you can visit and attend. The boardwalk activities include all the summertime fun you can imagine such as rides, games, attractions, bike riding, painting, and fishing. What you probably didn't know about Santa Cruz is that it is the birthplace of mainland surfing. This is where they used surfing boards that were made from redwood...

Engineered ‘mini’ CRISPR Genome Editing System Developed

The common analogy for CRISPR gene editing is that it works like molecular scissors, cutting out select sections of DNA. Stanley Qi, assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, likes that analogy, but he thinks it's time to reimagine CRISPR as a Swiss Army knife.

Crispr, Genetic, Scissors, Dna, Biology, Science"CRISPR can be as simple as a cutter, or more advanced as a regulator, an editor, a labeler or imager. Many applications are emerging from this exciting field," said Qi, who is also an assistant professor of chemical and systems biology in the Stanford School of Medicine and a Stanford ChEM-H institute scholar.

The many different CRISPR systems in use or being clinically tested for gene therapy of diseases in the eye, liver and brain, however, remain limited in their scope because they all suffer from the same flaw: they're too large and, therefore, too hard to deliver into cells, tissues or living organisms.

In a paper published Sept. 3 in Molecular Cell, Qi and his collaborators announce what they believe is a major step forward for CRISPR: An efficient, multi-purpose, mini CRISPR system. Whereas the commonly used CRISPR systems -- with names like Cas9 and Cas12a denoting various versions of CRISPR-associated (Cas) proteins -- are made of about 1000 to 1500 amino acids, their "CasMINI" has 529.

The researchers confirmed in experiments that CasMINI could delete, activate and edit genetic code...

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