Gene editing (or genome editing) allows scientists to improve the genetics of plants and animals by making small, intentional tweaks to DNA which unlock natural health and disease resistance traits. Gene editing uses genes already native to the plant or animal.
Gene Editing Tools
Numerous technological advances over the last decade make it possible to modify animal genomes accurately and efficiently. We use the gene editing tools TALENs and CRISPR/Cas9 to help us intentionally cut and paste the genetic code in the proper place to make the desired change in livestock and fish stock. Our company primarily uses TALENs, an established and proven tool.
Gene Editing Regulation
Gene editing is tested at various stages along its development cycle from the first cell to the end-product. Our research is overseen by a variety of governmental (like the FDA or USDA) and non-governmental agencies to ensure our compliance with all state and federal/national policies, guidelines, and industry best practices. When working with our international partners, we honor and follow the laws and regulations of all countries where we do business. We take extraordinary measures to ensure the safe and humane treatment and the animals with we work.
Gene Editing Applications
Our scientists use this technology to develop and deploy applications for healthier humans through our biomedicine subsidiaries, Surrogen and Regenevida, and healthier animals through our agriculture subsidiary, Acceligen.