Core research facilities are key infrastructure partners that often drive outstanding research in most academic units. Most successful cores throughout the world offer services related to well-established technologies and are operated by extremely talented groups. But, now perhaps the next generation of cores may have arrived; those that also do research in improving the core technologies and they offer to collaborators based on years of their insight and work in the field. One interesting example is the evolution of a new research and technology institute based on the long-standing contributions that the lab group leading this institute, has made in the field.
Dr. Eric Kmiec, the leader of a pioneering lab in the field of gene editing and a new member of the genome editing research group (GERG, a recently formed research group at ABRF), has set an example that Core facilities can grow to become institutes by themselves. His Gene Editing Institute at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center , Christiana Care and the University of Delaware, in Newark Delaware takes advantage of over 30 years of his lab’s research in genetic engineering and gene editing. The Institute provides technological surface and advice to people seeking to carry out gene editing and develops educational tools with instruction of gene editing in undergraduate research laboratories, a potentially innovative function for our core facilities. More importantly, the research and technology development ongoing in this institute, which may bring genetic medicine one step closer to reality, was recently highlighted in the October 20 issue Of USAtoday.