About the Authors

René Geiβler

Contributed equally to this work with: René Geiβler, Heidi Scholze

Affiliation Section Microbial Biotechnology, Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

Heidi Scholze

Contributed equally to this work with: René Geiβler, Heidi Scholze

Affiliation Institute of Biology, Department of Genetics, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

Simone Hahn

Address Current address: Nomad Bioscience GmbH, Halle (Saale), Germany

Affiliation Institute of Biology, Department of Genetics, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

Jana Streubel

Affiliation Institute of Biology, Department of Genetics, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

Ulla Bonas

Affiliation Institute of Biology, Department of Genetics, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

Sven-Erik Behrens

jens.boch@genetik.uni-halle.de (JB); sven.behrens@biochemtech.uni-halle.de (S-EB)

Affiliation Section Microbial Biotechnology, Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

Jens Boch

jens.boch@genetik.uni-halle.de (JB); sven.behrens@biochemtech.uni-halle.de (S-EB)

Affiliation Institute of Biology, Department of Genetics, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

Competing Interests

The authors have read the journal's policy and have the following conflicts: Simone Hahn has contributed to this manuscript while she was an employee of the Martin-Luther-University. She is presently an employee of Nomad Biosciences GmbH. Jens Boch and Ulla Bonas are part owner of a patent application regarding the use of TALs. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JB S-EB. Performed the experiments: RG HS SH JS. Analyzed the data: RG HS SH JS UB S-EB JB. Wrote the paper: JB S-EB. Designed the Golden TAL Technology: JB JS.