14 January 2000
GMO boffins put vitamin A into rice

SCIENTISTS have genetically engineered a nutritionally superior yellow rice which could be used to improve health in developing countries.

They have generated rice with a high content of vitamin A, a beta-carotene that gives the rice a golden hue.

The United Nations Children Fund (Unicef) predicts that improved sources of vitamin A could prevent up to 2 million deaths a year for children under four years of age.