US and Colombia approve gene-edited blight-resistant rice

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The Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario and the United States Department of Agriculture have approved a bacterial blight-resistant rice variety developed through gene editing.

Gene editing technology enables the rapid alterations in the DNA code as well as the precise targeting within genomes. In a sense, the technology is used to rewriting the DNA code.

Crops developed using gene editing are not transgenic and should be regulated as conventional plants, according to food safety officials.

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