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2013-07-27. A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA.

posted Jul 28, 2013, 3:08 PM by Alan Gould
For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 4. Excerpt: ...The disease that sours oranges and leaves them half green, already ravaging citrus crops across the world, had reached .. [Florida's] groves. ...Florida growers who supply most of the nation’s orange juice poured everything they had into fighting the disease they call citrus greening. ... “In all of cultivated citrus, there is no evidence of immunity,” the plant pathologist heading a National Research Council task force on the disease said. In all of citrus, but perhaps not in all of nature. ...They would have to alter the orange’s DNA — with a gene from a different species.  ...the idea of eating plants and animals whose DNA has been manipulated in a laboratory — called genetically modified organisms, or G.M.O.’s — still spooks many people. Critics worry that such crops carry risks not yet detected, and distrust the big agrochemical companies that have produced the few in wide use. .... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/science/a-race-to-save-the-orange-by-altering-its-dna.html. Richard Perry, The New York Times.