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2017 Annual Meeting | Oct. 22-25 | Tampa, FL

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Division: C07 Genomics, Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology

Title: Symposium--Genome Editing Technologies for Crop Improvement

Organizers: Rajeev K. Varshney and Fredy Altpeter
Lead Community Sponsor:
Cosponsor: C01 Crop Breeding and Genetics
Community Cosponsor:
Format: Oral Symposium
Keywords: CRISPR-Cas, Gene editing, TALEN and ZFN

Session Description: Genome editing technologies are new generation of genetic engineering technologies which deals with insertion, deletion or replacement of DNA in the genome of a living organism using engineered nucleases, or "molecular scissors." These nucleases are expected to create site-specific double-strand breaks at desired locations in the genome. The induced double-strand breaks are repaired through nonhomologous end-joining or homologous recombination, resulting in targeted mutations ('edits'). This symposium will have both invited and contributed presentation in this emerging area of biotechnology that is expected to accelerate crop improvement in near future.