TALEN-Based Knockout System
Targeted mutagenesis of genes-of-interest is a powerful method of addressing the functions of genes. Genome editing techniques, such as transcriptional activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 systems, have enabled this approach in various organisms because of their ease of use. In the ascidian, Ciona intestinalis, recent studies show that TALEN-based knockout can be applied to establishing both mutant lines and tissue-specific knockout for addressing gene functions. Here, we introduce recent updates to the TALEN toolkit that facilitate detailed functional analysis of genes in ascidians.