On behalf of the Japanese Society for Genome Editing (JSGE), I am pleased to announce that the 5th annual meeting of the JSGE will be taking place at Kyoto University, from June 15th (Mon) to 17th (Wed) 2020. This is the first JSGE annual meeting held in Kyoto.

Without doubt, finding of the CRISPR system exploited the applications of genome editing in life science field across world-wide. Despite its simple mechanism of action for searching and cutting the target DNA sequence, the applications of genome editing is tremendous, hence the genome editing technologies have become one of the essential biotechnology tools. In addition to basic research, the potential is limitless from the creation of new varieties of useful agricultural and marine products combined with breeding technology, the production of useful biological substances, and the development of new genome editing therapy for intractable diseases.