Rutgers scientists have discovered something new from corn plants that can benefit millions of people especially in the third world countries. Scientists at Rutgers genetically modified corn to increase nutritional value of corn. The scientists studied most corn products lacked methionine, which is an amino acid. The article talks about methionine and how its important and is one of the nine essential amino acids which people get their from daily food diet. Another similar study was done by the PMC on increasing the nutrients in corn. Methionine is needed for tissues repair, it helps with the tone of the skin and hair and also strengthens nails. There is sulfur in methionine which protects human cells from pollutants. Scientists have been adding billions of dollars of synthetic methionine, which lacks in the natural corn. Rutgers scientists injected E. coli gene into the corn. This spurred the methionine into just the leaves of the corn plant and not the whole plant and it increased the methionine in the corn plant by 57 percent. The article was very short and some what not interesting at all. The concept that the scientists are discussing is amazing because it could lead to less hunger in the world, but they don't talk about what it could lead to or what exactly what they did. Or else this discovery could lead to millions of dollars saved and not being spent on artificial and not natural methionine and instead natural methionine to be produced and used.
I saw this article, and I was proud that the discovery was from a university so close to home-Rutgers! The topic of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) tends to be controversial sometimes, but I think that if the technique is used to increase the value of the organisms, rather than exploit the value of them, then I support genetic modification. It's great that the scientists found a cheaper, more convenient way to utilize methionine in the corn!ReplyDelete
This sounds like Rutgers researchers are only at the beginning stages of genetically modifying corn. This opens up vast opportunities for them to improve one of the largest cultivated crop in the world. It sounds like they are going to increase the nutritional value through incorporating methionine production in their genome. If they could figure out how to preserve the size of the corn or find a way to increase crop yield, it could be a huge combatant of world hunger and malnutrition in underdeveloped areas around the world.ReplyDelete
I was reading this article and I'm intrigued that we are capable of genetically modifying a food we have eaten for so long! I agree this modification will be very beneficial in advanced countries and third world countries because it will help in filling humans with the recommended daily dietary nutrients.ReplyDelete