29 Jan '18, 8pm

Understanding GMOs: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Coffee

It would be another three decades until the structure of DNA was proposed by genetic scientists Franklin, Crick and Watson, propelling the development of a new field: molecular biology. Until that milestone, researchers had to rely on observable means of screening treated seeds after sowing, an arduous task. Following mutagenesis, the plants would be subjected to conditions that would simulate a desired trait. If researchers were interested in enhancing drought tolerance, for example, they would restrict the amount of water provided to the treated plants. Over a period of time, scientists would screen for plants that exhibited the desired response. In this example, plants that showed a measurable tolerance to the simulated drought conditions would be candidates for further research to develop a new, drought-tolerant cultivar.

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