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Researchers make tomatoes that contain high levels of vitamin D.  Crispr-Cas9 genetic engineering technology is used to produce healthy foods.

Researchers are developing tomatoes with high levels of vitamin D. Crispr-Cas9 genetic engineering technique is used to create healthy foods.

Using genetic engineering technique called Grispr-Cas9, researchers in the UK have succeeded in creating tomatoes that contain high levels of vitamin D3, which can supply the British with vitamin D during the winter months when the sun does not shine much in the UK. . Guy Poppy, a professor at the University of Southampton, tells The Guardian about chopped tomatoes:

“Gene-editing tomatoes to accumulate higher levels of provitamin D3 in excess of the recommended dietary guidelines will result in better health for many, especially if the tomato is a widely accessible and easily digestible food.”

Unlike what we usually call genetically modified food (GMO), Crispr-Cas9 does not add genes from any other organism, and the technology only modifies the genes present in the modified organism. In the UK, this means that genetically modified tomatoes will probably be recognized as food in the British bill for submitted genetically modified foods.

Currently, researchers have grown their genetically modified tomatoes only in a laboratory under UVB lighting. However, it is hoped that in the future it will be possible to start growing tomatoes outside. If you can find chopped tomatoes in British grocery stores, there is no information yet.

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