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GM Tomatoes Contain 50 Red Wine Bottles’ Worth Of Resveratrol

GM Tomatoes Contain 50 Red Wine Bottles’ Worth Of Resveratrol

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Resveratrol, a compound produced by a range of plants, has been making headlines over the last year or so, with studies sharply divided on how beneficial said molecule may or may not be to human health. A group of researchers and bioengineers at the John Innes Centre have decided to fall firmly on one side of the fence, announcing that they have discovered a way to make resveratrol in industrial quantities by producing it in genetically modified tomatoes, along with other phenylpropanoids, a group of compounds resveratrol belongs to. This new technique appears to be so effective that one tomato can be grown to contain enough resveratrol as would be found in 50 bottles of red wine. Genistein, another phenylpropanoid that has been suggested to contribute to the prevention of breast cancer, ...