What is gene editing?

Inv-Deck-Pg-27Every mom or dad contributes 3 billion letters, for a total of 6 billion to an offspring’s DNA or “encyclopedia of life.” This book is written with the letters A, G, T, and C, arranged in pairs in a nearly infinite combination resulting in a beautifully diverse set of outcomes. The methods of gene editing give scientists the ability to improve an animal’s genome by finding and correcting the one faulty letter or phrase its book of life.

Gene editing is a predictable, more precise way to speed up genetic improvement for the health of plants and animals.

Is it safe?

Safety is a top concern of our team. We comply with all state and federal/national policies, guidelines, and industry best practices. We are monitored by a variety of regulatory authorities that ensure our compliance, including the FDA and the USDA in the United States, and regulatory authorities in the other countries in which we work.

Who else is using this technology?

The tools of precision breeding, including CRISPR/Cas9 and TALENS, are widely used by scientists around the world working in public and private institutions focused on human health, agriculture, life sciences, energy and environmental sciences. There are more than 20,000 peer-reviewed publications describing how these tools alter DNA.

Why would food animals be gene edited?

Gene editing is a promising way to address significant health problems that have long vexed doctors, farmers, and veterinarians. From testing new therapies to evaluating the efficacy of existing ones, gene editing presents a more precise and efficient path to better health outcomes by using an animal’s own genes.

What’s the difference between gene editing and GMO?

The GMO process (called transgenesis), typically introduces genetic material from other organisms. The resulting plant or animal couldn’t be found in nature or bred conventionally. Gene editing is a distinctly different process. The gene editing process enables the use of genes already native to the plant or animal that could also be introduced via conventional crossbreeding. A gene edited animal is identical to one that could occur naturally through traditional reproduction processes.

The meat and dairy products from an animal developed using gene editing are no different from their non-edited equivalents.