One of the newest, most efficient gene editing tools on the market, CRISPR-Cas9, is gaining more attention as Neal Gutterson, vice president for agricultural biotechnology at DuPont Pioneer, discusses how DuPont Pioneer is using the technology to develop new enhanced crops with TheWeek. Gutterson explains how the company is using CRISPR-Cas9 to develop drought-resistant corn.

With the technology, companies will be able to bring enhanced crops to the market much faster than through previous genetic engineering techniques, shaving years off of the introduction. Because the technology is so precise at turning off and on genes or adding them, crops developed with this technology are not being considered genetically modified organisms. The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has classified CRISPR-edited crops are not GMOs as long as DNA from other species has not been inserted into the genome.

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