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News: University of California, Berkeley, developed a gene editing technique based on CRISPR-Cas9.


A new study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology has found a way to improve the nutritional content and resilience of crops. The study, led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology to create crops that are more resistant to drought, pests, and diseases.

 
 

The researchers focused on two crops that are important to global food security: rice and wheat. They found that by editing the genes of these crops, they could increase the levels of nutrients such as iron, zinc, and vitamin A. They could also make the crops more resistant to environmental stresses, which could help to feed a growing population.


CRISPR-Cas9-HDR stands out by utilizing a sophisticated guide RNA system that precisely directs the Cas9 nuclease enzyme to specific DNA sequences. This breakthrough addresses previous limitations, ensuring accurate genetic modifications across a wide spectrum of organisms. The potential applications span from medical therapeutics, enhancing nutritional content and resilience of crops, to innovations in biofuels and industrial products. The ramifications for cannabis breeding are particularly intriguing.


The researchers say that their findings could have a major impact on global food security. They could help to produce crops that are more nutritious and resilient, This research could also have a positive impact on the cannabis industry. By using CRISPR-Cas9 technology, growers could create plants that are more productive, resistant to pests and diseases, or with a higher content of cannabinoids.


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