A tomato that packs
Forget the attack of the killer tomato, this
is the attack of the healthy tomato.
of scientists has developed a tomato that contains
as much as three-and-a-half times more of the cancer-fighting
Scientists at Purdue and the U.S. Department
of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service were working
to develop tomatoes for food processing that were of higher
quality and would ripen later. In the process, they discovered
that the new tomatoes also had significantly more of the
antioxidant than conventional tomatoes.
"This is one of the first examples of increasing
the nutritional value of food through biotechnology," says
Avtar Handa, professor of horticulture.
See the June issue of Nature Biotechnology for
more on this research.