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Can CRISPR save the Cavendish?
The world's most popular banana is dying. Scientists are using the gene-editing mechanism CRISPR to try and save it from extinction. There are over a thousand banana varieties in the world and the Cavendish is the most common, making up nearly the whole of the export market. The UK imports five billion bananas each year, primarily from Latin America and West Africa. As the Cavendish is sterile, it can only reproduce by creating clones of itself, making it an ideal crop to grow on a large...
May 24, 2019
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