Crop Biotech Update

JRC Policy Report Discusses the Impacts of Gene-Edited, Low-Gluten, Celiac-Safe Wheat

July 12, 2023

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) released a policy report on the impacts of low-gluten, celiac-safe wheat developed using gene editing. It also offered evidence-based scientific support to the policy-making process in Europe.

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) used NGT-CRISPR-Cas targeted mutation to produce low-gluten, celiac-safe wheat that will help individuals with gluten intolerance. The policy report shared the advantages of this product when it becomes available in the market.

The GM gluten-free wheat products will be cheaper for people that follow a celiac-safe diet. The products can also eliminate the undesirable consequences of a gluten-free diet. Other advantages include the increase in income for the EU farmers and the boost in export volumes that will benefit the EU agri-food system.

Read the policy report of the Joint Research Centre for more information.

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