CRISPR Cuts DNA (image) University of Texas at Austin Share Print E-Mail Caption A CRISPR protein targets specific sections of DNA and cuts them. Scientists have turned this natural defense mechanism in bacteria into a tool for gene editing. Credit Jenna Luecke and David Steadman/Univ. of Texas at Austin Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.