Pantry staples from the genetic swap meet - May, 2021
To many people, genetically engineered food feels unnatural and repellent: Fish genes in strawberries? No thanks. Opponents often call them "Frankenfoods," suggesting that only a mad scientist could combine genes from different species in this way. But in recent decades, biologists have found that nature itself often plays fast and loose with DNA. Now, new research shows how important this inter-species genetic swap meet has been in grasses, a group that includes food staples like rice, corn, wheat, and sugar cane.
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