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South Africa: GM Crops Could Help Save Lives Says Researcher

Modifying plants to be drought tolerant may help secure South Africa’s future of food production, a leading researcher from the University Cape Town has said.

Jill Farrant, Professor of molecular and cell biology at UCT, has spent the last 21 years researching the benefits that could come from genetically modifying plants to be able to dry out during a drought and resurrect again when there’s water.

“Many people said I was crazy in the beginning,” said Farrant, who has since received extensive recognition for her work, which included the 2012 L’Oréal-UNESCO award for Women in Science.


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