Genetically engineered tobacco plant cleans up environmental toxin

Monday, March 1, 2010 - 10:28 in Biology & Nature

Tobacco might become as well known for keeping us healthy as it is for causing illness thanks to researchers from the UK. In a new study, scientists explain how they developed a genetically modified strain of tobacco that helps temper the damaging effects of toxic pond scum, scientifically known as microcystin-LR which makes water unsafe for drinking, swimming or fishing.

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