CRISPR-Cas Enabled Advanced Breeding to Benefit Agriculture
RNA guided CRISPR-Cas9 has rapidly become the technology of choice for crop genome editing due to its simplicity, efficiency and versatility. We have made several improvements to the commonly used Cas9 genome editing system, including the development of marker-free, DNA-free, genome editing methodologies. Using CRISPR-Cas technology, we have created maize hybrids with drought tolerance. Our most advanced CRISPR-based R&D project is Waxy corn. The development and ultimate commercialization of Waxy corn will help establish a new paradigm for bringing genome edited products to market.