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

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kirsten

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kirsten asked the Naked Scientists:

Is it possible to inject kiwi DNA into a strawberry plants main stem and create a new fruit?

What do you think?

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Offline rosalind dna

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Yes it is called Genetic Modification
Rosalind Franklin was my first cousin and one my life's main regrets is that I never met this brilliant and beautiful lady.
She discovered the Single DNA Helix in 1953, then it was taken by Wilkins without her knowledge or agreeement.

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blakestyger

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kirsten asked the Naked Scientists:
Is it possible to inject kiwi DNA into a strawberry plants main stem and create a new fruit?

No, nothing would happen.

The artificial insertion of the selected kiwi fruit gene into a strawberry plant would have to be done by recombinant DNA techniques in a laboratory in order to get it into its genome contained in the cell nucleus. The crop of new plants would then be grown from seed produced by the 'new' plant.
It takes a bit of time to get this right. New fruit generally result from hybridisation of types that are from the same genus at least; I think tayberries are the result of this - and some citruses.