Genetic Hybridization of Apples

In the article, “Meet ‘Cosmic Crisp,’ a New Hybrid Apple That Stays Fresh for a Year.” by Brigit Katz (December 4, 2019), she describes the emergence of a new hybrid apple that is set to take over the market due to its sweetness, sharpness, and shelf life. Apple growers have been perfecting their craft over centuries to search for the perfect apple. Old techniques have given way to new technologies, but the consumer has yet to be converted. These new technologies are related to gene marking and gene editing, a currently taboo food idea in the modern world. While many apple breeders are using…