Tuesday, January 08, 2019

CRISPR to bring us a spicy tomato?

In a paper in Trends in Plant Science:

Capsicum belongs to the Solanaceae family, and recent completion of its full genome sequence
shows that inactive genes for the biosynthetic pathway of capsaicinoids are also present in tomato.
We propose that the use of state-of-the-art genome engineering techniques to activate capsaicinoid
biosynthesis in tomato is a suitable option to exploit these valuable secondary compounds.


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