Journal of Pharmaceutical Research on Advanced Chemistry

(for innovative research)


CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) is a very precise tool to edit DNA using an enzyme known as CRISPR Cas9: it allows genetic pieces to be chopped out or added in exactly where you want.

CRISPR has spread like wild fire in the last five years, both in academia and commercially, because it is more efficient and flexible than older DNA editing tools.

Plant breeders are excited about its potential to improve plant traits such as resistance to pests, juiciness or higher yields.

Many plant scientists see Crispr gene editing as revolutionary, effectively pressing the fast-forward button on crop improvements, and allowing for varieties that could grow in saline or drought conditions.Others warn that gene editing is over-hyped – we can only edit what we know and obvious targets are limited right now.