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Golden Rice

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What is Golden Rice?

Golden Rice: Golden Rice is a variety of Asian rice, Oryza sativa (Fig 1). This variety was bred through genetic engineering. The most essential characteristic of this type of rice is its ability to biosynthesize beta-carotene. As a result of genetic modification, endosperm (the tissue surrounds embryo and provides nutrition) of Golden rice contains beta-carotene, giving the rice grain a golden color. Common beta-carotene containers, like carrot and papaya, are also filled by this important compound and share the same color.


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