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Gene editing could turn this wild orphan fruit into your new favorite berry

But don't go looking for it in a supermarket just yet.
two groundcherries on a wooden surface

Could CRISPR give this berry a boost?

Quick, name an orange fruit that tastes like crossed with a tropical treat like pineapple or mango, plus hints of vanilla and a tinge of sourness. Stumped? Don’t be alarmed if you’re unfamiliar with the groundcherry. Chances are good you’ve never had one, because it’s not an easy fruit to grow and harvest. But we’re now on the cusp of seeing it finally break through as a mainstream crop and find its way into the supermarket around the corner—thanks to gene editing. Science has come through once again.

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