The company Calyxt, just outside St. Paul, Minn., wanted to make a new kind of soybean, with oil that’s a little healthier — more like olive oil.
As it happens, some wild relatives of soybeans already produce seeds with such “high oleic” oil — oil that is high in monounsaturated fat. It’s because a few of their genes have particular mutations, making them slightly different from the typical soybeans that farmers grow.
Manoj Sahoo, the company’s chief commercial officer, says this led to an obvious question: “Can we have those same mutations in the modern varieties which are grown by our farmers?”
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