David Songstad, Director of Research/Cell Biology, Cibus, tells us that genome editing is just a way of speeding up mother nature. “Genome editing, the advantage is it is not GMO. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said he is not going to push for regulations on genome editing where it does not involve any plant pest and the reason for that is the nucleotide substitution, mother nature does the very same thing. We call them snips, a single nucleotide polymorphism and it’s the snips that plant breeders take advantage of for yield gains and that is the basis of plant breeding. We are just able to harness that ability that mother nature has developed and use it in a way that we can do it a whole lot faster. The outcome is the same as what mother nature would do.”
In a 60 minutes report, a scientist suggested that genome editing may ultimately enable us to cure every disease known to man.