At the Tsukuba NIAS Science Cafe, Satoko NONAKA, Assistant Professor at the University of Tsukuba, gave a lecture titled "Increase GABA - increase the value of tomatoes by genome editing". A proposition of this lecture was "Giving plants the function to make people happy", and a brochure "Genome editing - new breeding technology -" was distributed by the Agency of Agriculture. Regarding the health function of GABA, there will be an announcement at "The 6th GABA Stress Research Center Center Mass Communication Seminar" which Pharma Foods will hold in Tokyo on March 23.
This and many other issues such as transgenic silk, are continuously addressed in public documents and meetings, e. g., in a Ministry of Agriculture (MAFF) documentation http://www.maff.go.jp/kanto/syo_an/seikatsu/iken/attach/pdf/index-3.pdf (in Japanese)
Source: Nikkei Biotech news release, March 2, 2018
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