First Genetically Modified Strawberries to Hit Stores Soon

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Modern Farmer reports, J. R. Simplot "... announced this month that it will be working with the California-based Plant Sciences, Inc. to bring this style of gene-edited strawberries to market within a few years.

"What Simplot is doing is technically called gene editing, using the technology known as CRISPR. Unlike with other GMO manipulation, gene editing doesn’t bring in genes from any other species; it simply switches off certain genes within the plant. In potatoes, CRISPR was used to turn off the gene that causes cut potatoes to turn brown when exposed to oxygen."

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