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ISAAA and Partners to Launch Genome Editing Primer

By Kristine Grace Tome
December 9, 2021

Genome editing is one of the new breeding techniques that allow scientists to improve the characteristics of living organisms, including plants, animals, and bacteria. The technologies used for genome editing work like scissors, cutting the DNA in a specific location, then remove, add, or replace known DNA sequences where the cut was made. The most used technologies in genome editing are clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs), and homing endonucleases or meganucleases.

ISAAA monitors the advances in genome editing and their implications in food and agriculture. Articles based on peer-reviewed journals are published every week in the Crop Biotech Update and are summarized in the Genome Editing Resource Page. Various webinars on the topic have been held to equip more audiences on the topic.

To add to the collection of information materials and to facilitate discourses on genome editing, ISAAA and its partners developed a publication titled Breaking Barriers with Breeding: A Primer on New Breeding Innovations for Food Security. It contains chapters on the following topics: 

  • Using the Innovative TALENs Plant Breeding Tool to Help Build Global Food Security
  • New Breeding Choices for Better Livestock
  • Regulation of Breeding Innovations in Agriculture
  • Prospects of New Breeding Innovations in South and Southeast Asia
  • Prospects of New Breeding Innovations in Africa
  • Communicating Genome Editing
  • Potential Contributions of New Breeding Innovations in Food Security

The chapters are authored by top experts on the field to provide accurate information and science-based perspectives. 

The new publication will be launched on December 13, 2021 at 10AM GMT+8 via Zoom. ISAAA Chair and food security expert, Prof. Paul Teng, will deliver the keynote message. The other authors will also provide their messages about their respective topics. 

Register now to join the launching event co-hosted with the Philippine Department of Agriculture Biotechnology Program Office (DA-BPO) and Biotech Coalition of the Philippines (BCP). Participation is open to all and free of charge.

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