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.
- Smallholder farmers to gain from targeted CRISPR-Cas9 crop breeding. (website: http://www.cimmyt.org/smallholder-farmers-to-gain-from-targeted-crispr-cas9-breeding/)
- Low Cd-accumulating indica rice without compromising yield. (http://www.cimmyt.org/smallholder-farmers-to-gain-from-targeted-crispr-cas9-breeding/)
- 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)
- 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/).
- RNA targeting with CRISPR–Cas13. (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-14832-9).