New spicy tomato could be produced with gene tweak

New research suggests the tomato could be genetically modified to produce hotter chilli varieties.

Scientists say that capsaicinoids, the chemical compound that gives chilli peppers their heat, are also present in tomatoes but are inactive and could be turned on with gene tweaking.

Research which has sequenced the tomato genome has shown it shares the same genes that produces capsaicinoids but doesn’t have the machinery to turn them on.

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