CRISPR/Cas9 is a futuristic gene-editing technology that is either the key to a number of medical breakthroughs or a terrifying step toward an unnatural future of altered organisms. Possibly both. Regardless of what you think about genetic engineering, people are already using the tool to make changes to organisms that could revolutionize agriculture, lead to new treatments for diseases with no cure, or even modify human embryos… A research team from Rutgers is working on a long-term project to genetically modify wine grapes and turfgrass in such a way that the methods can be implemented in a variety of other crops. The grapes will be edited to resist downy mildew, and a type of grass commonly found on golf courses called creeping bentgrass will be modified to resist dollar spot disease, a problem that is usually combated with fungicides.
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