Transformative Technology Fact Sheet – Gene Editing

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Type: Research Paper, Factsheet
Knowledge level: Advanced

Farm Table says:

This fact sheet on transformative technology focuses on gene editing and how it will impact the agricultural industry in various ways. It also includes an interesting case study that believes "gene editing may provide the Australian egg industry with a solution for managing male chicks."

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”.
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