Toward Better Food Plants: The Promise of Gene Editing

Toward Better Food Plants: The Promise of Gene Editing

Since the dawn of agriculture human societies have sought improvements in food plants. Over time this quest has involved such objectives as a sweeter fruit or better resistance to a pest.

Traditional plant breeding can achieve a desired result, but the process may take many years of trial and error to complete and nurture unwelcome traits. A series of scientific breakthroughs that began in the 1990s has created the opportunity to use a new approach – gene editing.



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