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Can we engineer life? 4.5 Novel plant breeding techniques

John van der Oost and students.

Plants have large and complicated genomes. Therefore, until recently, the insertion of foreign DNA was a kind of roulette: where will DNA be modified, will the insertion work, and will there be side effects? But by now, techniques have much improved and totally novel plant breeding techniques have been developed, carrying names like ZFNs, TALENs

Can we engineer life? 3.2 Planetary boundaries

Planetary boundaries. Image from Wikipedia Commons (click to enlarge).

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’ (Nelson Mandela). Hans Tramper is professor emeritus in Bioprocess Technology at Wageningen University and reflects on the development of his subject in a series of essays. His pieces were published so far on 18 June, 30 June, 11 July, 22 July,

Can we engineer life? 3.1 Transition is unavoidable

Can we engineer life? 2.3 Precision modification of the genome

Can we engineer life? 2.2 Development of recombinant-DNA technology

Can we engineer life? 2.1 From evolution to revolution

Can we engineer life? 1 Gene technology is the key

CRISPR-Cas: a prize winning technology?

A rich harvest on genetic technology

Gene technology: the same old story, once more

We need genetic engineering