Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa

The bananas required special permits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enter the country..
Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa

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by Dan Charles | NPR | July 9, 2014


Somewhere in Iowa, volunteers are earning $900 apiece by providing blood samples after eating bits of a banana kissed with a curious tinge of orange.

It’s the first human trial of a banana that’s been genetically engineered to contain higher levels of beta carotene, the nutrient that our body converts into vitamin A. Researchers want to confirm that eating the fruit does, in fact, lead to higher vitamin A levels in the volunteers’ blood.

The volunteers in Iowa may not realize it, but they’re playing a small part in a story that spans the globe.

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