Bit of trouble?

cabbage could well become the latest focus of the never-ending debate on the viability of genetic modification (gm), with a group of Indian scientists successfully developing a gm cabbage. The development might create a furore in the future, as the vegetable has been modified by inserting the gene of Bacillus thuringiensis (bt) bacteria that produces toxins, which many say are harmful for human health and the environment if they enter the food chain.

The experiments were conducted by scientists from New Delhi-based Indian Agriculture Research Institute (iari) and Hyderabad University. Working on golden acre