Biotech Updates

CRISPR to Supercharge Lettuce with Nutrients

January 12, 2022

Yarin Livneh, a PhD student at the Hebrew University in Israel, aims to use the gene editing tool CRISPR to supercharge lettuce with nutrients.

Lettuce is a famous vegetable worldwide, usually used in vegetable salads and burgers. It naturally contains vitamin C, beta-carotene (vitamin A precursor), and vitamin B, but only in limited amounts. Thus, Livneh targets the genes in native lettuce that control the production and accumulation of nutrients. The genetic changes are expected to be very subtle and could spontaneously happen in nature or when using conventional breeding techniques.

Read more details in Genetic Literacy Project and Food Navigator.

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