Gene editing research needed in NZ to understand the technology

The use of the controversial process of gene editing could offer benefits to agriculture in the field of animal welfare and the environment, a Livestock Improvement Corporation scientist says.

Dr  Bevin Harris said the new technology was in early stages of development and not universally accepted, but New Zealand needed to be aware that other countries might be working on it.

A form of genetic engineering, gene editing allows DNA to be inserted , deleted or replaced in the genome of an organism.

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