CRISPR and the Flower of the Future

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CRISPR… have you heard of it? It’s heavy duty genetic science. What does it have to do with flowers? Well, “Late in 2017, science journals reported that Japanese researchers had genetically manipulated morning glories, altering a single gene to turn violet-colored flowers white. The technology they used? The genetic editing tool CRISPR-Cas9.”

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Sunscreen, Please!

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I used to think flowers liked the sun.  I would bring flowers home, spend time arranging them, pop them in the kitchen window so satisfied with how beautiful they looked and then sadly a couple days later (as I was throwing them out) wonder why they hadn’t lasted.  I’d added that little packet of flower food, added water.  I didn’t get it, where did I go wrong? 

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