BEIJING, Dec. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Origin Agritech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SEED) (the “Company” or “Origin”), an agriculture technology company, announced today that it is developing nutritionally enhanced corn using CRISPR technology.
Origin is currently in trials to develop new corn varieties that have been genetically engineered to have balanced amino acid content. If these trials are successfully completed, it will validate Origin’s next generation methodology in applying CRISPR technology to develop new corn varieties. CRISPR gene editing does not introduce foreign DNA into the corn and as such more closely mimics gene mutations that frequently occur in nature. Additionally, the time and cost of developing genetically engineered corn using CRISPR is a fraction versus what it would be using traditional GMO technology.
Dr. Gengchen Han, Origin Agritech’s Chairman, said, “We are very excited to be working on this industry leading application of CRISPR in agriculture. Our nutrition balanced corn trait would not only significantly reduce the need for costly additives in animal feed, it will also pave the way for many more applications of CRISPR technology.”
About Origin Agritech Limited
Origin Agritech Limited, founded in 1997 and headquartered in Zhong-Guan-Cun (ZGC) Life Science Park in Beijing, is a leading Chinese agricultural technology company. In crop seed biotechnologies, Origin Agritech’s phytase corn was the first transgenic corn to receive the Bio-Safety Certificate from China’s Ministry of Agriculture. Over the years, Origin has established a robust biotechnology seed pipeline including products with glyphosate tolerance and pest resistance (Bt) traits. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at: www.originagritech.com. The company also maintains a twitter account for updating investors on company and industry developments, which is @origin_agritech.
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