The future of CRISPR and gene editing was the focus of a conference last week at Harvard University. The pros and cons of this genetic selection was highlighted for human health, crop production and animal agriculture. Edgerton, Minnesota hog farmer Randy Spronk was on a panel discussion at this event. “Everyone wants to refer to GMOs and whether they are beneficial or not and so we’re trying to be transparent and keep our social license to use innovation and technology in agriculture.” Spronk sees gene editing as a way to eradicate PRRS, which is a devastating disease in pigs.
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