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GM papaya to reveal gene modification effects
By Roger Highfield
A food crop has had its entire genetic code read to reveal the precise effects of genetic modification on its
DNA for the first time.
The pioneering feat could be exploited to allay concerns about the
effects of gene tinkering.
The SunUp papaya was created by bombarding young plants with
gold particles coated in a gene that would make the resulting
plants resistant to a serious pest, the ringspot virus.
Today, in the journal Nature, a team of scientists led by Prof
Maqsudul Alam produces the first detailed look at the entire
genetic code of the "transgenic" plant that resulted from this gene
The International Papaya Genome Consortium led by the
University of Hawaii researcher has deciphered the genetic code of
the disease-resistant SunUp papaya.