It's nice when there's GOOD news for a change. Mad Cow Disease may become a thing of the past. Mad Cow is caused by farmers feeding cattle the ground-up bones of other cows?or sometimes even human beings, in order to give them muscle-building protein. This won't be necessary anymore, since corn has been engineered that has twice its usual protein content.
In the US, 65% of the corn that's grown is used to feed animals for meat production. Much of the remainder is exported to other countries for feeding animals or made into the high fructose corn syrup that sweetens sodas. Biochemist Daniel Gallie, who help create the new strain, says that around 80 million acres of land in the US are planted with corn.
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