Synthetic biology and synthetic genome technologies

Genome Editing: Increasing monopolisation in agriculture and breeding

Patents can also impact conventional breeding

In the discussion concerning new methods of genetic engineering, several experts are of the opinion that these new technologies are cheaper than previous genetic engineering methods and, therefore, more affordable for smaller companies and not just for the biotech giants. However, this overlooks the fact that the new methods using nucleases, such as CRISPR-Cas9, are weiterlesen

Differences: Genome editing and mutagenesis

There are some fundamental differences between genome editing and mutagenesis applied in conventional plant breeding that are important for risk assessment and traceability resp. identification (traceability) of the genetically engineered plants. For example, genome editing methods generally leave a specific fingerprint in the genome that can be used to identify the plants and is relevant weiterlesen

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