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International Team of Biologists Create New Tomato Using Genome Editing

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For the first time ever, an international team of scientists from Brazil, the United States, and Germany has created a new crop from a wild plant within a single generation using the modern genome editing process CRISPR-Cas9.

The team used Solanum pimpinellifolium as the parent plant species, a wild tomato relative from South America, and the progenitor of modern cultivated tomato. The wild plant’s fruits are as small as the size of peas and the yield is low, but are more aromatic and contains more lycopene than modern tomatoes…

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