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BC-US-SCI--Gene-Edited Food,ADVISORY, US

November 12, 2018

Editors and news directors:

Gene-edited food could be coming soon to a supermarket near you. What is it and how is it different from GMOs? Will consumers accept gene-edited foods? How are the companies behind these products planning to convince food buyers that gene editing will be used for good?

This week, the AP Health & Science team presents an all-formats exploration of the coming revolution in food production that starts in a lab and ends up on your dinner plate.

Each story will be made available for immediate use.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

SCIENCE SAYS-GENE-EDITED FOOD

By early next year, grocery stores may be carrying granola bars, salad dressings or other products made with soybeans that have had their DNA changed by a powerful new technology that allows scientists to alter life’s blueprint.

It is likely to be the first of many foods in the coming years that come from plants or animals that have had their genes “edited.” The technology promises to boost nutrition, allow crops to grow more easily, make farm animals hardier, and help fruits and vegetables last longer. But after years of confusion and rancor, will consumers accept gene-edited foods or view them as GMOs in disguise? By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos, video moving at 1 a.m. Eastern for immediate use.

Thursday, Nov. 15

GENE-EDITED ANIMALS

Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A Minnesota company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry. But first, the company needs to convince regulators that gene-edited animals are no different than conventionally bred ones, avoid the stigma of other genetically modified organisms and ease any fears that it may be creating Franken-animals. To make the technology appealing, the company’s first gene-edited traits stand to ease animal suffering. By Food and Health Writer Candice Choi. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos, animation moving at 1 a.m. Eastern for immediate use.

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