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Mar 24, 2010

GM Corn Gets Boost of Vitamin A at MSU

Michigan State University reports that a research team of microbiologists and molecular genetic researchers led by professor Dean DellaPenna has identified a gene that enables corn to produce more beta-carotene (Vitamin A). 

The team's research involved researching 30,000 genes that might allow vitamin A to be accessible.  To do this through conventional hybridization would have involved "thousands of crosses to find the 10 to 20 genes that are even possible to make this happen.  Their final product "is a serving of corn that contains about 57 percent of the vitamin A needed in a daily diet."

This discovery is very important as thousands, particularly children, around the world suffer from diseases related to shortages of vitamin A.

For more see: Wilkins, Emily. "Corn to get a boost in vitamin A." The State News, 24 March 2010.

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