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Genetically boosting methionine in corn could benefit millions

Scientists discover way to reduce animal feed and food production costs by increasing methionine content of corn.

Rutgers scientists have found an efficient way to enhance the nutritional value of corn — the world's largest commodity crop — by inserting a bacterial gene that causes it to produce a key nutrient called methionine, according to a new study.

The Rutgers University-New Brunswick discovery could benefit millions of people in developing countries like South America and Africa who depend on corn as a staple. It could also significantly reduce worldwide animal feed costs.

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