Whats new in genome editing space ?

The gene editing technology is going to revolutionise agriculture and allied field. As with any path breaking change – opposition is bound to come, as we are challenging our perceptions. We don’t want change. Is chemical sprayed vegetable better ? Why will cancer rate rise ? Why we consume genetically modified antibiotics for our own good but dispute GM crops ? Is fear slowing down our own progress ? Can we end poverty and climate change ?,  not just in paper or symposium. Will digital revolution bring more joblessness ? or will it pave patch of a better transparent economy ? Anyways, such debates are unending. Going back to genome editing space, here are the news.

  1. Smallholder farmers to gain from targeted CRISPR-Cas9 crop breeding. (website: http://www.cimmyt.org/smallholder-farmers-to-gain-from-targeted-crispr-cas9-breeding/)
  2. Low Cd-accumulating indica rice without compromising yield. (http://www.cimmyt.org/smallholder-farmers-to-gain-from-targeted-crispr-cas9-breeding/)
  3. Syngenta acquires non-exclusive license to use CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing for agriculture applications (http://www.ncbiotech.org/article/syngenta-acquires-non-exclusive-license-use-crispr-cas9-gene-editing-agriculture)
  4. CRISPR 2.0 ‘base editing’ arrives and it’s an even more remarkable disease-fighting tool (https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2017/10/30/crispr-2-0-base-editing-arrives-remarkable-disease-fighting-tool/).
  5. RNA targeting with CRISPR–Cas13. (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-14832-9).

Published by anjanbio

Agricultural scientist by profession, who has many other interests in life. Travelling, photography, philately, reading, music and sports. Want to live free and spread the message across the globe for a fulfilling and meaningful life for everybody.

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