Designed to reduce the use of pesticides, is this wheat the first of a new, eco-friendly generation of genetically-modified crops, one that scientists hope will be more acceptable to the fiercely-resistant British public?
NGO lobby group, the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) is has expressed outrage after finding that several food products have tested positive for genetically modified (GM) content, but are all unlabelled as is required by the Consumer Protection Act. Meanwhile, the CGCSA and the food companies concerned have responded saying the GM labelling issue has still to be clarified.
Rare blood oranges get their distinctive colour from anthocyanins, pigments that also provide a variety of health benefits, for example lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke. The oranges, however, require distinct growing conditions which make them a rare fruit - but this could change with the genetic work of a team of British scientists.
You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but it might be possible to extract it from rice. Blood protein, at least. Genetically modified brown rice seeds can produce a cost-effective and easily stored supply of human serum albumin, researchers in China report.