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Cloud-based genomics: Will the Internet create GM super-oranges?

| August 2, 2013

Across the country, new-age farmers are hacking their operations with robots, sensors, drones, and good-old circuit boards.

But that’s merely a first step. Thanks to the burgeoning field of “cloud-based genomics,” we will further improve our crops by, well, plugging them into the internet. This isn’t just about better taste or bigger crops. In some cases, it’s about saving iconic crops, such as the orange, from parasites.

Big research institutions and corporations such as Monsanto are already pushing into this field, but a new company in Seattle, Spiral Genetics, wants to bring the benefits of cloud-based genomics to the little guy.

WIRED caught up with Spiral co-founder and CEO Adina Mangubat at our offices in San Francisco to discuss how the company is tackling the new world of bionic agriculture.

Read the full, original story here: How the Internet Will Spawn Genetically Engineered Super-Oranges

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