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Genetic manipulation of crops could offer healthier food, say scientists

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2030 (Published 13 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2030
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

Genetic manipulation of crops may in the future produce plants able to manufacture fish oils, and grains that store zinc in those parts of the seed most favoured by consumers, scientists told a press briefing organised on Monday 12 March by the Science Media Centre in London.

Supermarkets and restaurants in the United Kingdom may continue to display signs and labels saying “GM free,” but plant scientists have not stopped developing the technology.

Questioned about the current state of public attitudes to genetic manipulation, Dale Sanders, director of the John Innes Centre, which conducts plant …

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