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每日英語跟讀 Ep.K273: About Japan - 不能咬別人的獎牌與GABA番茄 A Japanese mayor learned you don’t bite someone else’s medal

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每日英語跟讀 Ep.K273: About Japan - A Japanese mayor learned you don’t bite someone else’s medal

Olympic athletes have long been photographed biting their medals, a celebratory if not entirely hygienic gesture.


But typically they’re biting their own medals. A mayor in Japan learned the hard way that chomping on someone else’s doesn’t go over as well.


Mayor Takashi Kawamura of Nagoya apologized after biting the gold medal of Miu Goto, a member of the Japanese national softball team, during a ceremony on Wednesday as he stood in front of a backdrop promoting coronavirus safety precautions. He was immediately pilloried on social media, where some Olympians said they would be furious if it happened to them. Others just thought it was gross.


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Genome-edited tomato enters Japanese market基因組編輯的番茄在日本上市

Sicilian Rouge High GABA is a special type of tomato designed to contain high levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an amino acid believed to aid relaxation and help lower blood pressure.


Tokyo-based startup Sanatech Seed Co. teamed up with scientists at the University of Tsukuba to develop a new variety of tomatoes using CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology. Named Sicilian Rouge High GABA, this new type of tomato contains five to six times the normal level of GABA.

總部在東京的新創企業Sanatech Seed和築波大學的科學家,利用CRISPR/Cas9基因編輯技術,聯合研發出這種名為「高GABA西西里胭脂」的新品種番茄。這種新種番茄的GABA含量是普通番茄的5到6倍。

According to Japanese media, the company removed an inhibitory domain within the tomato’s genome to enable it to produce these high levels of GABA.


Unlike genetically modified foods, genome-edited plant varieties are considered just as safe as varieties improved using conventional methods because no outside gene is introduced during the process.

和基因改造食品不同,基因組編輯植物被認為和用傳統方法改良的新品種一樣安全,因為在基因編輯過程中沒有加入外來基因。Source article:;

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