How to Feed 9.7 Billion People? CRISPR Gene Editing For Crops
Now the emergence of the gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 is making it possible to precisely edit the native DNA of organisms with the potential to dramatically increase crop yields. In a recent commentary in the journal Science, Armin Scheben and David Edwards from the University of Western Australia say we should embrace the opportunity.
Unlike previous approaches to GM crops that introduce foreign DNA into an organism, genome editing achieves much the same outcome as selective breeding—but in a much faster and more selective way and without having to rely on natural genetic variation.