A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA

A nice article on the science behind GMOs and the struggle to gain consumer acceptance. I like to think of genetic engineering as a more sophisticated technique to do the same thing humans have been doing to modify foods for millennia. Yet another disturbing example of the widening gap between scientific understanding and popular perception.

“Mr. Kress’s researchers, in turn, liked to point out that the very reason genetic engineering works is that all living things share a basic biochemistry: if a gene from a cold-water fish can help a tomato resist frost, it is because DNA is a universal code that tomato cells know how to read. Even the most distantly related species — say, humans and bacteria — share many genes whose functions have remained constant across billions of years of evolution.”