Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Flavor trip level: salad

This group of researchers figured out how to express miraculin in transgenic lettuce. Miraculin is the protein produced by Richadella dulcifica, the West African shrub that grows our flavor-tripping berries. They were able to place a synthetic gene coding for miraculin under constitutive promoter control, and then transferred the package to lettuce. This made the transgenic lettuce express miraculin protein in its leaves! They didn't say whether it also made everything else you eat taste sweet also. My bet is yes. Talk about GMOs, can't wait to hear the food co-op's official take on these babies!

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