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Genome editing: New antiviral weapon for plants

CRISPR–Cas technology has been extensively applied to editing endogenous genes in plants for gene functional studies. New application of this technology to combating viral infection by destroying invading virus DNA has now become possible in plants.

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Figure 1: Schematic of CRISPR–Cas-based geminivirus destruction in a plant cell.


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Zhang, D., Li, Z. & Li, JF. Genome editing: New antiviral weapon for plants. Nature Plants 1, 15146 (2015).

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