Sanatech Seeds develops a successful gene-edited tomato and named it the CRISPR tomato. This is a key result in this area of research, marking the first approved genome-edited food in Japan. The official name is the Sicilian Rouge High Gaba. It gets the name because a large amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid is used to develop the product. It is a compound that help relax the mind and lower blood pressure.
These foods do not have any incorporations of genes from the outside, which differentiates it from GM crops. Without the use of external organisms, the CRISPR tomato only has the combination of genes it already had changed by scientists. In terms of the foreseeable future of genome-edited foods in Japan is dependent on the free distribution of seedlings.
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