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CRISPR genome editing to address food security and climate change

CRISPR genome editing to address food issues

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[04 May, Katy Askew, Food Navigator]

Dr Oliver Peoples, CEO of Yield10 Bioscience reports that there are changing attitudes to the science of gene editing. The company uses metabolic engineering technologies using predictive models to facilitate gene discovery. Their ultimate goal is to help major food crops become more productive to help feed the growing population worldwide. Dr Peoples reports that the largest gains can be achieved through CRISPR genome editing in staple food and feed crops. CRISPR can be used as an advanced plant-breeding tool and unlike GMOs do not introduce new genes into the crops. Gene editing provides speed and precision, meaning improvement scan be seen quickly. Dr Peoples reports that public attitudes towards gene editing appears to be shifting and focusing on the benefits that could be provided by the technology.

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