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British trial of ‘Frankenstein’ crops goes ahead at secret location to anger of anti-GM campaigners

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UK Daily Mail
June 8, 2010

A trial of a genetically modified variety of potato has started at a secret location eastern England.

The controversial trial, carried out by scientists from The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL), will last three years and is designed to test the crop’s resistance to the fungus that causes blight.

But the proposals have been slammed by critics who say the trials would expose vast areas of the country to disastrous GM contamination.

Anti-GM campaigners say it is possible grow blight-resistant potatoes using conventional methods.

The experiment will be conducted on a secret 1,000-square-metre plot in Norfolk.

Jonathan Jones, TSL’s senior scientist told the BBC: ‘We screened about 100 different species of Sollanum, the genus to which potatoes belong, and identified a few that were resistant.

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