Does cutting onions make you cry? Well I have good news for you! A team of agricultural scientists from Japan and New Zealand has created a tear-free onion. Through genetical engineering, not only did they turn off the gene that induces the tears in humans, but they created a more flavorful onion too.
By shutting down the lachrymatory factor synthase gene, we have stopped valuable sulphur compounds being converted to the tearing agent, and instead made them available for redirection into compounds, some of which are known for their flavour and health properties.
The scientists are hoping the tear free onions will become a kitchen staple across the globe. Of course, this will take time; the onions aren't expected to hit the market for another ten years or so. Still it's something to look forward to! Are you excited about the development?