The 2018 Loomis/CBC Symposium & Workshop will feature presentations from renowned national and international experts addressing the science, policy and practice of plant genome editing. Loomis Lecturer – Professor J. Keith Joung, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University; CBC Keynote Speaker- Professor Stefan Jansson, Umea University, Sweden; regulatory and policy insights; current advances in genome editing technology from ISU and commercial experts.
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Zhao, H., & Wolt, J. D. (2017). Risk associated with off-target plant genome editing and methods for its limitation. Emerging Topics in Life Sciences, 1(2), 231-240.
CBC member Shuizhang Fei (Associate Professor of Horticulture) and Bing Yang (Associate Professor of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology) have generated a switchgrass strain that produces high biomass using CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing technology. More »
The Crop Bioengineering Center follows a unique member-driven model for support and governance that seeks to advance crop bioengineering through fundamental and applied research, technology development and outreach. Members and associates of CBS meet on 13-14 November to overview the state of the center, share research and discuss long-term program direction. More »
Jeff Wolt discussed regulatory and public policy for genome edited crops at workshops in Des Moines and Coralville on the 9th and 16th of November. These annual workshops conducted by the Iowa Biotech Association are targeted primarily toward lawyers with biotechnology-related clients. Issues related to understanding the regulatory ramifications for genome editing for crop and animal improvement and for human therapeutic use were discussed. Special emphasis was given to transparency, clarity in communicating technology benefits, and the need to move regulatory processes forward to counter public confusion regarding this technology and its uses. More »
Jeff Wolt gave an invited presentation entitled Safety, Security, and Policy Perspectives for Genome-Edited Crops in the Symposium--Genome Editing Technologies for Crop Improvement 24 October 2018 at the Annual Meeting of the Crop Science Society of America in Tampa, Florida. More »