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A proposed regulatory framework for genome-edited crops


Crop breeding is being revolutionized by rapid progress in DNA sequencing and targeted alteration of DNA sequences by genome editing. Here we propose a regulatory framework for precision breeding with 'genome-edited crops' (GECs) so that society can fully benefit from the latest advances in plant genetics and genomics.

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Figure 1: Comparison of three breeding methodologies.


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We thank our colleagues D. Baulcombe, J. Dangl, J. Jones, O. Leyser, X. Meng, X. Yang and B. Hu for discussion. The authors have no direct competing financial interests. D.W. is a co-founder and shareholder of Computomics, which provides bioinformatics services primarily to the breeding industry. D.W. has been an adviser to Bayer Crop Sciences in the past. R.N.B. is on the Board of Directors for Symbiota Co. and Performance Plants, Inc. and is Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) for Kultevat Co. S.H. is supported by funding from the Ministry of Sciences and Technologies (the 973 Program; 2012CB113900) and the Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation Program of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS-ASTIP-2015-AGISCAAS). All of the funding to D.W. comes from governmental or nonprofit sources (Max Planck Society, European Research Council, German Research Council DFG, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation/2Blades Foundation).

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Forty-seven important crop species for which whole-genome sequences are available. (PDF 146 kb)

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Huang, S., Weigel, D., Beachy, R. et al. A proposed regulatory framework for genome-edited crops. Nat Genet 48, 109–111 (2016).

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