3 months ago, I had no idea what gene editing was. I picked up the MIT Technology review on my way through the airport when I saw the cover.
I had no idea what gene editing was, what CRISPR or TALEN were. I did not know that the first fields of genetically edited soybeans had already been grown in South Dakota in 2017. I had no idea that the company leading the way was based in Minnesota not even 90 miles from where I live. This week will talk about each of the technologies, what they are, and how they are being used in agriculture.
I am no means an expert, but I decided to write this post now, because when I was at the theater with my boys watching Black Panther a trailer came on for Rampage. No big deal, just another trailer - which I have included below - EXCEPT that it specifically calls out gene editing and not in a positive way. It made me think it's the GMO debate, starting via a movie about an ape. Given what I had just been reading about gene editing and the potential in agriculture, I wanted to at least get some facts about gene editing posted.
Personally, I have no idea if gene editing is positive or not for agriculture. Based on what I have read it shows some interesting potential. It also addresses some of the concerns of GMO by "snipping" out undesirable traits. It's interesting enough that I hope we have the chance to learn more before it becomes culturally unacceptable due to fear rather than science.