CRISPR/Cas breakthrough: Enhanced “genetic scissors” enable stable insertion of large genes

Major progress on the CRISPR front. Scientists at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) have succeeded for the first time in stably and precisely inserting large gene segments into the DNA of higher plants very efficiently. To do this, they optimized the gene-editing method CRISPR/Cas, commonly known as “genetic scissors”. The improved CRISPR method offers great opportunities for the targeted modification of genes in higher plants, both for breeding and research. The study led by Prof. Alain Tissier and Dr. Tom Schreiber was published in the renowned journal Molecular Plant.

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