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The Science Behind Dalgona Candy
Ever wondered about the science behind the infamous dalgona candy in Netflix’s hit show Squid Game? Dalgona is one of the cheapest yet nostalgic treats in South Korea, which was first introduced after the Korean War. It was primarily manufactured using glucose and sodium bicarbonate; however, because of how luxurious glucose used to be and the eventual industrialization of sugar production, its ingredients list settled into what we know today, which is a combination of refined sugar, which is primarily made up of sucrose (1), and baking soda (2).
The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their work on the development of CRISPR, a novel genome editing technology. Using CRISPR, scientists are able to make very precise modifications to genetic material by cutting or altering a specific part of a sequence (1).
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