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Monsanto aims to use CRISPR to engineer food

Monsanto aims to use CRISPR to engineer food

By Tim Sandle Sep 29, 2016 in Environment

Agricultural biotech company Monsanto has licensed the use of the cutting edge CRISPR-Cas genome-editing technology for food production.Monsanto has licensed the gene editing technology from the Broad Institute at Harvard University and MIT. The aim is to use the emerging technology to produce crops such as corn and soybeans. The aim is to ensure these crops are more resistant to diseases and more robust to environmental changes, such as drought.This is based on CRISPR technology. The technique enables researchers to remove and replace bits of DNA in a precise way. CRISPR is an acronym for “Clustered regularly-interspaced short palindromic repeats.”

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