How GMOs Could Save Bananas From Going Extinct

— Written By

Dominic Basulto, The Washington Post
Dec. 17, 2015

The next time you stop by your local supermarket, take a long, hard look at the yellow bananas in the produce section.

That’s because bananas might be extinct within just a few years, say Dutch researchers, and that could open the door for synthetic biologists to come up with a new, synthetically modified banana to replace the yellow Cavendish banana we’ve come to know and love.

This new, synthetically modified banana would look like a real banana and taste like a real banana and it would have almost exactly the same DNA as a real banana — except that it would be engineered in a bio-foundry by a team of technologists. This genetically engineered banana would have some of its genetic material designed or edited to behave differently than it does now.

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Featured image: The DNA of the Cavendish banana could be genetically engineered to resist Panama Disease.

Written By

Photo of Dr. Keith EdmistenDr. Keith EdmistenProfessor of Crop Science & Extension Cotton Specialist (919) 515-4069 keith_edmisten@ncsu.eduCrop and Soil Sciences - NC State University
Posted on Dec 19, 2015
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