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DNA and Our Food

As you plan your next picnic or family get together, explore the connections between DNA and our food.  

Humans have been modifying wild plants for 10,000 years and the produce sold in markets today is very different from these plants grown in the past. DNA sequencing provides new tools for understanding crop traits and for selecting the most desirable traits. Explore our online exhibit, Putting DNA to Work, to find out how reading genes can improve crop production.