CRISPR used to develop low glutelin rice for phenylketonuria and kidney disease patients

Researchers from Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Yangzhou University in China developed low glutelin rice using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system. Their findings are published in Plant Science. Chronic kidney disease and phenylketonuria patients are required to consume rice with low glutelin content. Thus, one of the goals of …

EU-SAGE launches interactive database of genome-edited crops

The European Sustainable Agriculture through Genome Editing network (EU-SAGE) has published an interactive database for genome-edited crops. The database shows that genome editing is used in a wide variety of crops to improve diverse characteristics, many of which can contribute to more sustainable agriculture. The EU-SAGE database represents state-of-the-art scientific …

CRISPR-Combo edits and regulates genes at the same time

University of Maryland scientists have developed CRISPR-Combo, a new tool for editing several genes in plants while simultaneously modifying the expression of other genes. This breakthrough, published in Nature Plants, allows genetic engineering combinations that work together to enhance the functionality and breeding of new crops. “As a proof of …

Sweeter tomatoes developed through gene editing

Researchers from Nagoya University reported that they have successfully developed sweeter tomatoes using gene editing technology. The results are published in Scientific Reports. High-sugar content tomatoes are usually expensive in the market because of the extensive process needed to achieve the sweetness, which also reduces the size of the fruits. …