5 classic American foods CRISPR gene editing could protect from climate change, declining yields

| November 8, 2019
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Football is back….

Here are five tailgating classics that gene editing could improve:

  • Beer

Anyone who has ever watched Super Bowl commercials understands the importance of beer to football viewers. But rising temperatures put barley—the main ingredient in beer—at risk of yield declines, which could mean higher prices or even a beer shortage. Scientists were recently able to successfully sequence the plant’s genome, an important first step to better understanding how they can develop new, stronger varieties of barley.

  • Wings
  • Spare Ribs
  • Potato Salad
  • Guacamole

For a healthier snacking option, football viewers know to always keep the chips and guac within reach. But with avocados—the main ingredient in this delicious dip—facing regular price hikesdue to overwhelming demand, researchers are looking for ways to help growers breed more disease-resistant and climate-tolerant fruits that could help lower costs and increase yields.

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