Engineering soybeans to feed a growing world


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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting record levels of soybean production in 2013, following a trend of increased soybean yields in recent years. This trend can be attributed to groundbreaking research carried out by Midwestern scientists.

In 2010, researchers completed the soybean genome sequence, a blueprint of soybean DNA. Other researchers have built off of this development, isolating genes resistant to various pathogens and pests. The University of Missouri, the University of Wisconsin, and Purdue University are all currently pursuing such studies.

Some companies, like Monsanto, are already selling genetically engineered soybean seeds based on these recent discoveries.

These new developments are sorely needed; a recent study by the University of Minnesota found that global crop yields will be insufficient to feed the world’s population by the year 2050.

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