New CRISPR-based platform detects plant pests, identifies useful traits for crop breeding

| | June 27, 2019
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SHERLOCK technology is a new CRISPR-based platform that is rapid and portable and enables detection and quantitation of plant genes to support a variety of agricultural applications.

[Researchers] present the recently developed nucleic acid detection system called SHERLOCK in the article entitled “Nucleic Acid Detection of Plant Genes Using CRISPR-Cas13.” …. The paper describes how the refined CRISPR-based tool SHERLOCK  …. has the potential to be an important tool in agriculture for the rapid detection of pathogens or pests and in plant breeding.

[Editor’s note: The researchers add: “Nucleic acid detection is vital for agricultural applications including trait detection during breeding, pest surveillance, and pathogen identification. Here, we …. quantify levels of a glyphosate resistance gene in a mixture of soybeans and to detect multiple plant genes in a single reaction.”]

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Read full, original article: Broad Institute researchers use novel field-ready CRISPR platform to detect plant genes

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