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12 bizarre examples of genetic engineering

By: Laura Moss on Oct. 27, 2010, 12:30 p.m.
Cabbage that can protect itself is better than covering it with pesticides.

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Venomous cabbage

Scientists have taken the gene that programs poison in scorpion tails and looked for ways to combine it with cabbage. Why would they want to create venomous cabbage? To limit pesticide use while still preventing caterpillars from damaging cabbage crops. These genetically modified cabbages would produce scorpion poison that kills caterpillars when they bite leaves — but the toxin is modified so it isn’t harmful to humans.