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GM corn comes a step closer to a complete meal

Posted by Lindy on May 19, 2009

There have been plenty of promise that GM foods could help alleviate third world health problems. But precious little evidence that it had been achieved – until now.

Scientists have for the first time genetically modified white corn to increase the levels of several different vitamins — bringing closer the prospect of crops that can deliver full nutritional requirements.

The team increased the levels of beta-carotene, the precursor of vitamin A 170-fold; levels of vitamin C six-fold and also doubled the folic acid in the African staple.

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