Food, Science

The Secret To Square Watermelons

A cube-shaped watermelon and a heart-shaped one.

There are a lot of misperceptions about genetically modified organisms (or G.M.O.s.) The white button mushroom, for instance, has had its DNA tweaked in a laboratory to create a version that doesn’t brown as quickly after being sliced. But it’s not a G.M.O. as is widely believed.

A G.M.O. is a plant or an animal whose DNA was altered in a laboratory by injecting foreign DNA—that is, DNA from another organism.

Similarly, those cube-shaped watermelons haven’t had their DNA messed with. They’re simply, grown in a box.

h/t: NYT

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