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Thursday, March 16, 2023

Gene Editing Rice for Other Worlds

Wil we be living on mars

Gene Editing Rice

Modified rice plants could better handle Martian soil

Antony Ratcliffe in New Scientist

Gene-edited rice plants may be able to grow on Mars. Researchers have now identified a gene that, when modified, seems to give rice plants a better chance of surviving in harsh Martian soil.

Martian soil, or regolith, has fewer nutrients than Earth soil and contains compounds that can be toxic to some plants. To see how well rice can handle such conditions, Abhilash Ramachandran at the University of Arkansas and his colleagues grew rice seeds in a series of mixtures of regular …   '   

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