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Could I inject DNA from one plant into another to make a new fruit?

Sat, 20th Jun 2009

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Question

Kirsten asked:

Could I inject DNA from one plant into another to make a new fruit?

Answer

We put this question to Professor Jonathan Jones:

What distinguishes one fruit from another, involves more than one gene.  Itís pretty complicated.  If you want to convert white grapes to red grapes, then the gene that distinguishes them is defined.  You could put that gene and get a red grape back, but you couldnít change species with one gene.

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