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CRISPR technology required to achieve European Green Deal

CRISPR technology required to achieve European Green Deal

01 December 2020

It will not be easy to achieve the European Green Deal targets if the current strict EU legislation on the continuation of new breeding technologies, such as CRISPR-Cas, continues.

This is what Wageningen researcher Justus Wesseler and colleague Kai Purnhagen say in a major article in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.

The researchers will do so when the Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded on 7 October to researchers who have developed CRISPR-Cas . Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna are at the basis of the applications of this technique in which DNA can be modified with what's being called 'genetic scissors'.

For example, errors from DNA can be 'cut out' very accurately.

"This technology has a revolutionary impact on the life sciences, contributes to new cancer therapies and can fulfill the dream of curing hereditary diseases," said the Nobel Committee.

CRISPR-Cas is also the research area of ​​Wageningen researcher John van der Oost. He has worked closely with Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for many years. According to the two Nobel laureates, this Spinoza Prize winner has also made a major contribution to the success of this subject.

John van der Oost received the Spinoza Prize, also known as the Dutch Nobel Prize, is the largest in Dutch science. John van der Oost received the prize for his discovery of how the CRISPR-Cas system contributes to the bacterial defense against viruses. Experts describe CRISPR-Cas as one of the greatest revolutions in the life sciences.



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