Pairwise, an agricultural biotechnology company, created Conscious Greens Purple Power Baby Greens Blend, the !rst CRISPR-edited food available to U.S. consumers.
The company used CRISPR, or clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat, to edit mustard greens’ DNA, removing a gene that gives them their pungent flavor.
The greens are !rst being rolled out in restaurants in St. Louis, Spring!eld, Massachusetts, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, before heading to U.S. grocery stores — beginning in the Paci!c Northwest.
In 2022, researchers with Boston Children’s Hospital revealed that using CRISPR in human cell lines increased the risk of large rearrangements of DNA, which could increase cancer risk.
Because regulators don’t consider gene-edited foods to be genetically modi!ed organisms (GMOs), they don’t have to be labeled.
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