Did you know that cocoa plants (Theobroma cacao) around the world are being affected by viruses and fungi, to the point of killing whole crops? The CRISPR technique could make them resistant to these infections, saving cocoa crops, chocolate, and more than 50 million jobs generated by their industry!

Article by Laura Geggel, Livescience

Can Gene Editing Save the World’s Chocolate?

A cocoa pod in Ecuador infected with the fungus Moniliophthora roreri, which causes frosty pod. Credit: Shutterstock

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