Genetically Engineered Rice Transports Micronutrients More Efficiently

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Hidden hunger is common, especially in the developing world. Hidden hunger happens when when the quality of the food people eat does not meet their nutrient requirements, primarily for vitamins and minerals. Iron and Zinc are common culprits of hidden hunger.

Researchers at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) have genetically modified a common rice variety so that it more efficiently transports iron and zinc. The genetically modified rice has been successful in greenhouse. The researchers next plan to see if the increased iron and zinc levels will be maintained when the rice is grown in the field and that the iron and zinc are bioavailable. If this is successful it could be a major tool in combating hidden hunger.

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