About the Authors

René Geiβler, Sven-Erik Behrens
Section Microbial Biotechnology, Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

Heidi Scholze, Simone Hahn, Jana Streubel, Ulla Bonas, Jens Boch
Institute of Biology, Department of Genetics, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

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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.