CRISPR technology is being used to save cacao from climate change

Youth Beat | Oakland, CA

As the Earth’s climate changes, more agricultural products are becoming susceptible to disease and infection. Recently, scientists at the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) have used CRISPR Cas9 gene editing technology to modify the DNA of cacao tree plants with the hope of making them less susceptible to disease and blight in a rapidly changing world.

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