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In this week's Science, two University of Western Australia researchers discuss the various genome-editing technologies that are being used to improve crops. While there have already been some successes in this area, they note that challenges remain, such as the need for a better understanding of plant gene function and behavior. Sociopolitical hurdles need to be overcome as well, including government regulation, public acceptance, and adoption by smaller producers.

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