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Peach-flavored strawberries, disease-resistant bananas? How genetic engineering is shaking up our fruit supply

| | January 16, 2019
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New [fruit] varieties created through genetic editing and engineering promise to beat disease, and offer enticing new flavors.

Genetically edited bananas could be resistant to a disease known as “fusarium wilt” that has been attacking plantations across the globe. Researchers at the Norwich-based startup Tropic Biosciences are using gene-editing techniques to develop a new, more resilient version of the fruit after securing £7.5m from investors.

Sweeter and even peach-flavored strawberries are being worked on by US scientists using Crispr techniques. Due to an EU court ruling last year, Crispr-edited foods will be subject to the same regulation that has limited the planting and sale of genetically modified crops. A major player in the development of Crispr crops is the agricultural giant Monsanto.

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