Genome Editing Research at the 2016 Congress on In Vitro Biology

Raleigh, NC, June 2 — The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) is pleased to announce a breakout session on “Genome Editing” at the World Congress on In Vitro Biology at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina at Harbor Island in San Diego, CA from June 11 – 15, 2016.

Plants are intertwined in our lives as we count on them to provide food, feed, shelter, energy, medicines, etc. Since their domestication, an overarching goal has been to improve plants to better-fit our increasing needs. Twentieth century efforts began with use of mutagens that produced imprecise genetic changes (known and unknown); the advent of genetic engineering enabled biologists to deliver genes into plants, although technologies mostly lacked the ability to target specific locations within genomes. Advanced technologies have refined our ability to modify plant genomes with increased precision. Three of these vibrant technologies will be highlighted and described in this session. They include use of the Rapid Trait Development System (RTDS; oligonucleotide-directed mutagenesis), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALEN), and the clustered regularly interspersed short palindromic repeats- CRISPR- associated proteins (CRISPR-Cas) system. These technologies share the ability for precise targeting and editing in plant genomes, adaptability for use in numerous plant species, and the promise of future editing possibilities. This session will be held on Sunday, June 12 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. and include speakers Greg Gocal, Cibus US LLC (; Nicholas Baltes, Calyxt (; and Wayne Parrott (, with Nancy Reichert, Mississippi State University, as convener ( Contact Marietta Wheaton Ellis to arrange interviews with the speakers.

SIVB is a professional society devoted to fostering the exchange of knowledge of in vitro biology of cells, tissues and organs from both plant and animals (including humans). The focus is on biological research, development, and applications of significance to science and society. The full program and details for the World Congress can be found at