Gene editing could enable tomatoes to produce capsaicinoids that are typically found in chili peppers, the Guardian reports. This, researchers from Brazil and Ireland say, could allow capsaicinoids to be obtained more easily. Capsaicinoids, the Guardian notes, are used in pepper spray, anesthetics, and more.

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