Researchers edit plant DNA using mechanism evolved in bacteria

5 junio 2015

Researchers have used a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas to modify the genome of a tree species for the first time. Their research opens the door to more rapid and reliable gene editing of plants. By mutating specific genes in Populus — a genus of deciduous trees that includes poplar, aspen and cottonwood — the researchers reduced the concentrations of two naturally occurring plant polymers.