New Tech: Gene Editing instead of Genetically Modified

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.

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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.