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Problems with Golden Rice?

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Golden Rice  was touted to be a promising biotechnology success to prevent malnutrition in developing countries, in this case, vitamin A deficiency and blindness. Here is the latest article I could find on its current status. According to this source, when you attempt to alter the DNA, other genes are affected. The reason in this case may be the growing ability of the rice. So the situation becomes somewhat complicated.

FYI: A gene for beta-carotene is borrowed from corn and inserted into rice DNA. Beta-carotene is then converted to vitamin A in the body.GMF


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