Precision Bio, Agrivida Collaborate
News Mar 11, 2014
Precision BioSciences and Agrivida revealed that they have entered into a trait development collaboration based on precise gene modifications made possible by Precision’s Directed Nuclease EditorTM (DNE) Technology.
Agrivida is very pleased with the functional performance of Precision’s DNE technology. “The efficiency, ease-of-use, and the demonstrated utility of the technology confirm the important role that precise genome engineering will have in the future of agricultural biotechnology”, says Mike Lanahan, Agrivida VP of Business Development, Animal Nutrition. “Agrivida anticipates ongoing trait development using the technology in the collaboration with Precision.”
“Precision is excited by Agrivida’s results and we are thrilled to be working with an innovator in animal nutrition such as Agrivida,” says Matthew Kane, Precision CEO. “We are optimistic that the combination Agrivida’s unique understanding of plant metabolism and Precision’s DNE gene editing technology can be utilized to develop a strong pipeline of greatly needed agricultural product candidates.”
Dan Meagher, Agrivida CEO, says, “The opportunity for improving the nutritional characteristics of crops for the dairy and beef market segments is significant. Our results indicate that Precision technology has delivered a compositional modification that will benefit the industry by increasing the productivity of ruminant animals that consume plants expressing our trait.”
In a new study in cells, University of Illinois researchers have adapted CRISPR gene-editing technology to cause the cell’s internal machinery to skip over a small portion of a gene when transcribing it into a template for protein building. This gives researchers a way not only to eliminate a mutated gene sequence, but to influence how the gene is expressed and regulated.
Researchers published today a detailed description of the complete genome of bread wheat, the world's most widely-cultivated crop. This work will pave the way for the production of wheat varieties better adapted to climate challenges, with higher yields, enhanced nutritional quality and improved sustainability.