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Genetic Editing: Avoiding the GMO Controversy

Jul 31, 2015 | 09:04 GMT
Dr. Frank Thieme, manager of development at Icon Genetics, demonstrates the small-scale introduction of bacteria containing engineered DNA into Nicotiana benthamiana, a close relative of tobacco.
Dr. Frank Thieme, manager of development at Icon Genetics, demonstrates the small-scale introduction of bacteria containing engineered DNA into Nicotiana benthamiana, a close relative of tobacco.
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Gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9 will not go unused as the ethical debate over human genomic editing continues. Rather, industry and agriculture will reap the benefits of cheaper, more accurate gene editing as the techniques continue to improve....

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