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Altering fruit DNA could be the next big thing in the world of berries, according to a team of scientists.
Taking the groundcherry or physalis, a tasty fruit that has never gained widespread popularity, they were able to quickly boost its size and productivity by editing its genes.
In doing so, the researchers say they have turned a niche crop into one that is far more suitable for mainstream farming.
The unique flavour of groundcherries combined with their drought resistance – an important feature as the world gets warmer – made these fruits the perfect candidates for improvement.
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
a reply to: ElGoobero
Looks like a tomatillo.
Its likely that genetic modification happened in humanities ancient past. you don't get from teosinte to corn (the longest DNA strand on the planet) without human intervention.
Of course, it wasn't in a lab....but splicing cuttings achieves similar results.
But it's not really the same as altering the dna, as supposedly this fruit has had done?