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Biotech

Genetic Tweak Could Help Save Millions of Tons of Corn From Deadly Toxin

Each year, farmers throw away 16 million tons of corn infected with aflatoxin, which contributes to food insecurity, especially in Asia and Africa, and can cause fatal liver damage, cancer, and stunted growth in children.

Published On 03/10/2017
8:28 PM EST
These corn cobs show the sites where they were infected with aflatoxin. Although non-transgenic and transgenic kernels showed evidence of equal infection, the transgenics accumulated no toxin. Credit: Monica Schmidt/University of Arizona