National Institute of Food and Agriculture invests in gene editing research

National Institute of Food and Agriculture invests in gene editing research

USDA awards grants to advance research on the implications of gene drive and other gene editing technologies.

The agricultural and food sectors could benefit from gene editing techniques. However, gene edited products will likely create more controversy in the food market than what producers, retailers and consumers are already seeing. The food industry may be forced to educate consumers on the very complex science behind gene editing.