US university confirms it used Chinese children in Golden Rice feeding trial

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AN American university confirmed yesterday that it had used Chinese children as guinea pigs in a trial of a new type of genetically modified rice. The announcement, by Tufts University in Massachusetts, followed a denial by authorities in China’s central province of Hunan that such a study had taken place. However, university spokeswoman Andrea Grossman told The China Press, a US-based newspaper, that it conducted the study in rural areas in Hunan with the aim of finding a solution to a serious health problem affecting developing countries.

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