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Scientists running new GM trials in UK beg protestors not to ruin their experimental plot

Posted: May 4, 2012 |   Comments

Scientists developing genetically modified wheat are asking campaigners not to ruin their experimental plots, but come in for a chat instead. The trial at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, Herts, uses wheat modified to deter aphids, an insect pest.

The protest group Take the Flour Back has vowed to "decontaminate" the site unless the research is halted.The scientists say the GM plants could benefit the environment as they will reduce pesticide use.But the campaigners say the GM trial presents "a clear risk to British farming".Rothamsted's wheat contains genes that have been synthesised in the laboratory - an approach that is becoming more commonplace than transferring genes from other organisms, as technology develops.

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