Chandrasekaran, J. et. al. (2016) Molecular Plant Pathology 17: 1140-1153 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26808139
Plant viruses have a significant negative impact on crop yield worldwide. Traditional breeding methods are unable to provide timely solutions due to the extensive back crosses required. Gene editing technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas9, have the ability to accomplish similar results as traditional breeding without the need for back crosses. Chandrasekaran et al. demonstrated this by using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to create homozygous T3 cucumber lines resistant to multiple common cucumber viruses.