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Due to its genetic complexity, the potato didn’t endure a “inexperienced revolution” like different staple crops. It may well take greater than 15 years to breed a brand new type of potato that farmers can develop, and genetic engineering simply gained’t work for tackling advanced traits similar to elevated yield or warmth resistance. Host Sarah Crespi talks with Workers Author Erik Stokstad about how researchers try to simplify the potato genome to make it simpler to govern by breeding.

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Researchers and firms are racing to good an injector capsule—a capsule that you simply swallow, which then makes use of a tiny needle to shoot drugs into the physique. Such an method might assist enhance compliance for injected medicines like insulin. Host Meagan Cantwell and Workers Author Robert F. Service focus on a brand new type of capsule—one which flips itself over as soon as it hits the underside of the abdomen and injects a dose of treatment into the abdomen lining.

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