Tag: CRISPR

Texas A&M AgriLife scientists use CRISPR to alter ratio of potatoes’ two starch molecules

Texas A&M AgriLife scientists use CRISPR to alter ratio of potatoes’ two starch molecules

May 26, 2022 |

In Texas, Texas A&M AgriLife scientists are learning how to alter the ratio of potatoes’ two starch molecules—amylose and amylopectin—to increase both culinary and industrial applications.  For example, waxy potatoes, which are high in amylopectin content, have applications in the production of bioplastics, food additives, adhesives and alcohol. Two articles recently published in the International […]

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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020: The Cas9 scissors inside the CRISPR revolution

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020: The Cas9 scissors inside the CRISPR revolution

October 7, 2020 |

In Sweden, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for their work on the smallest and most powerful scissors ever invented: the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors. Digest readers will easily recognize Doudna for co-founding Caribou Life Sciences (more here) and also serving on […]

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University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers tweak yeast genes to better tolerate pretreatment

University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers tweak yeast genes to better tolerate pretreatment

August 13, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and several Department of Energy laboratories have identified two changes to a single gene that can make the yeast tolerate the pretreatment chemicals. They published their findings recently in the journal Genetics. The researchers used the gene-editing tool CRISPR to alter a strain of an ionic liquid-susceptible […]

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Monsanto lands license for new CRISPR System

Monsanto lands license for new CRISPR System

January 8, 2017 |

In Missouri, Monsanto has reached a new global licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for the use of the novel CRISPR-Cpf1 genome-editing technology in agriculture. The CRISPR-Cpf1 system represents an exciting advance in genome-editing technology, because it has potential to be a simpler and more precise tool for making targeted improvements […]

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Winter is Not Coming: Pushing back the Frost Wall for more food, more fuel, more money, more everything

Winter is Not Coming: Pushing back the Frost Wall for more food, more fuel, more money, more everything

December 5, 2016 |

Winter barley and early tomatoes may sound like a dull foundation upon which to further a revolution in agriculture — but then again, the Spanish hardly developed California in two centuries of sovereignty because they couldn’t see the point. As Master Po said in Kung Fu, “Because a man can see, he does not look.” […]

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