Genome-wide CRISPR guide RNA design and specificity analysis with GuideScan2


We present GuideScan2 for memory-efficient, parallelizable construction of high-specificity CRISPR guide RNA (gRNA) databases and user-friendly gRNA/library design in custom genomes. GuideScan2 analysis identified widespread confounding effects of low-specificity gRNAs in published CRISPR knockout, interference and activation screens and enabled construction of a ready-to-use gRNA library that reduced off-target effects in a novel gene essentiality screen. GuideScan2 also enabled the design and experimental validation of allele-specific gRNAs in a hybrid mouse genome.

Yuri Pritykin
Yuri Pritykin
Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Genomics