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Past Presentation: Kristi Snell, Yield10 Biosciences

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Exclusive Interview: Dr. Sachin Rustgi

Dr. Sachin Rustgi
Assistant Professor of Molecular Breeding Clemson University
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Washington State University, Pullman


What is the current status and direction of CRISPR & NBT application in agriculture?

The research field concerning new breeding techniques (NBTs) has evolved significantly in the last three decades and more rapidly so in the previous decade. During this time, we have witnessed several breakthrough inventions and havealso seen them being implemented in plant breeding.

Exclusive Interview: Kristi Snell

Kristi Snell
Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Research
Yield 10 Bioscience


What is the current status and direction of CRISPR & NBTs application in agriculture?

These techniques are creating a flurry of activity in agriculture due to their potential to create value added crops with a reduced regulatory burden. The timelines and costs to address regulatory issues for CRISPR and NBT’s will in most cases be far less than what has been required to move transgenic plants through the regulatory approval process.

Exclusive Interview: Tom Adams

Tom Adams
Chief Executive Officer
Pairwise Plants


From your perspective, should CRISPR & NBTs edited products be regulated?

First, it is important to recognize that all food is regulated and this is an important factor in ensuring the safety of our food. That said, the real question is whether products should be regulated differently based on how they are made rather than what they are and my opinion that is absolutely not. If a gene editing results in the same product as could resulted from traditional breeding approaches, there is no reason to have different regulatory frameworks.