Brave New Genetic Engineering – Revolution in Plant Breeding Part I

A new biotechnical tool, the CRISPR gene scissors, is revolutionising genetic engineering. It is cheap and easy to use – any lab technician can use it to intervene in the genetic material of plants.

With CRISPR, genetic engineering is no longer the preserve of the big seed or chemical companies. With the gene scissors, residue-free, letter-precise interventions in the genetic material of microorganisms, plants, animals or humans are possible. The process is also called genome editing.

Current developments in genetic engineering are overflowing, opening up possibilities, harbouring risks – and forcing us to make decisions that could not be more fundamental. The biotechnical possibilities for manipulating life have already arrived in laboratories around the globe.

Broadcast date Donnerstag, den 7. April 2016 um 20:15 Uhr in 3sat
Length 45 Minuten
Written and directed by: Anna Grün
Camera: Michael Plundrich, Annikki Heinemann, Anna Pilz
Editor: Fabian Teichmann
Production: Ulrike Römhild
Line producer: Anke Meyer
Producer: Anna Grün
Executive producer: Hartmut Klenke
Filming location: USA, Argentinien, Holland, Schweiz, Karlsruhe, Kiel und andere