Genetically boosting the nutritional value of corn could benefit millions
Most animals are corn feed, however corn is missing one of the key amino acids, methionine. Without methionine animals will not grow. Methionine is also important for tissue repair, improves the tone and flexibility of skin and strengthen nails. In an article by ScienceDaily, they mention researchers at Rutgers University- New Brunswick using E. Coli bacterial gene and inserting it into the corn's genome. From here they grew several generations. The enzyme from E. Coli, EcPAPR, increased methionine production in corn by 57%. This is significant because each year several billions of dollars are spent on synthetically producing methionine to add to corn fields. This study will save the agriculture industry money.