In The News — 13 January 2014

A small company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits has created the Arctic Apple, of the apple that doesn’t brown, by changing the genetic make-up of apples.

The production of GMOs originally had best intentions in mind. For example, inserting a trait found in an Arctic Flounder fish into tomatoes can enable tomato crops to withstand frigid temperatures. Likewise, genetically engineering apples to not bruise with time is hoped to increase the sales of apple slices. Furthermore, the trait inserted into the Arctic apple is actually found in the apple itself. In particular, by inserting a copy of the trait that actually causes the apple to brown, the apple responds by deactivating all the traits.

 

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Rachel Epstein

Rachel works for Genome Compiler, a biotech start up in Tel Aviv, Israel which offers a new and convenient solution for genetic design and production. She an editor and author for GetSynBio where she strives to bring all synthetic biology content together. Rachel is originally from New York and received her BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Rachel has lived and worked in Peru, Spain, Italy and Israel.

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