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November 13th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

It turns out cotton seed is a great source of protein, except it’s currently toxic for humans. Cotton naturally produces gossypol, which is essentially an insecticide. While that helps the plant fight off insects, it also makes it poisonous to humans and most animals. But scientists at Texas A&M University discovered they could “turn off” the gene causing the plant to create gossypol ….

And that means cotton could become a big component in meeting the world’s growing food demand. Protein is obviously an important part of our diet. Edible cotton has enough of it to meet the daily needs of 600 million people. Read more