Researchers from NUI Galway and the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil make a proposal of using gene editing technology to produce to put spicy compounds in tomatoes.
Furthermore, they state that the compound capsaicinoids are already present in tomatoes and just need to be activated. This is because spicy tomatoes have more yielding capability than peppers. When commercialized for industrial use, it can produce up to 110 tonnes per hectare.
Moreover, the spicy compounds of tomatoes are can serve as cancer treatment, anti-inflammatory, and pain killer. The application of gene editing technology on tomatoes is still pending for approval.
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