Farm Table says:
This fact sheet focusing on gene editing technologies in agriculture is one of eight fact sheets in a series that look at various form of up and coming transformative technology.
The key points of this fact sheet:
- “Gene editing is one of a suite of modern biotechnologies designed to change the genomes of living organisms for health or economic benefits.
- For agricultural applications, gene editing can be used to more rapidly achieve the same goals as traditional crossbreeding.
- Gene editing enables scientists to make small and precise changes to the genome of plants, animals and humans.
- Improved crops and animals that yield more, have better disease resistance and are better adapted to adverse environments can be developed within a few generations of a cell being gene edited.
- There are different methods of gene editing and in most cases, unlike genetic engineering, foreign DNA is not incorporated into the DNA of the gene-edited organism.
- CRISPR/Cas9, a gene-editing tool launched in 2012, has made gene editing a much simpler and more accessible technology for scientists and biotechnology companies.”
- The case study included in this fact sheet is “Checking your chickens before they hatch”.