Breeding Tobacco for Health
The Newcotiana project aims to modify the composition and, therefore, the use we make of the tobacco plant, enriching it with substances of high added value used in medicine and cosmetics. For this, the researchers will develop new highly precise breeding technologies such as the CRISPR technique, and apply them to the breeding of tobacco and other related species. In this way, it is intended, among other objectives, to revalue the traditional cultivation of tobacco, providing it with new uses compatible with health and contributing to revitalize tobacco areas in decline with products of high added value more in line with the Knowledge Economy."
Few super-small proteins have come to light because of a standard for identifying genes set about 20 years ago. But now, with broader criteria and better detection methods, biologists are beginning to delve into the functions of microproteins. https://t.co/tS0iWpaRbu
Great new technology from the Liu lab:
Search-and-replace genome editing without double-strand breaks or donor DNA
Today we describe prime editing, a very versatile new approach to genome editing in human cells without cutting the DNA double helix. We integrated a reverse transcriptase with a disabled CRISPR enzyme to copy virtually any edit from an engineered guide RNA into a target site...