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Genetically Modified Bananas Tested in Iowa
AMES, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Volunteers here in Iowa are now the first to test genetically modified bananas.
A new NPR report says the bananas which are being tested at Iowa State University have been modified to hold more Beta Carotene which our bodies turn into Vitamin A.
Researchers hope to find that eating the fruit raises vitamin a levels in patients which would help people who suffer from a Vitamin A deficiency.
But the research may stir some controversy; more than ten years ago, scientists created a type of rice with higher levels of Beta Carotene then tested it on children in China.
That ended up turning into a national scandal and since then; no government has approved anyone to make that kind of rice.
The head researcher of this new banana project says that she cannot comment on the project until their findings are published in a scientific journal.