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Biotech Bits

Indian regulators last week approved cultivation of genetically engineered brinjal (eggplant), which could become the first transgenic vegetables to be grown on local farms, a top official reportedly told Agence France Presse. The state-run Genetically Engineering Appraisal Committee "examined all the reports and studies and found it bio-safe and fit for environmental release," R. Warrier, a director in the national food watchdog agency, was quoted as saying, adding, "We will now submit our recommendations to the government for clearance." Some 8.7 million metric tons of eggplant are grown on 530,000 hectares in India, according to data made available by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research.


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