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Controversy grows over India's genetically modified potato

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1351
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    A genetically modified potato developed in India to contain extra protein is under attack, with opponents claiming that it will result in the neglect of traditional sources of protein and thus exacerbate protein deficiency.

    A senior Indian biotechnology official said last week that the potato, which has undergone nearly three years of field trials, could be approved for commercial cultivation before the end of this year.

    Dr Manju Sharma, India's biotechnology secretary, said that the results of the field trial results were very encouraging and that the government would like to use the potato to reduce protein deficiency.

    The potato, which …

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