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GM sprouts 'could blow away flatulence'


Brussels sprouts are often associate with digestive problems and flatulence.

The Nobel Prize winning biologist and President of the Royal Society Sir Paul Nurse will be guest editing the Today programme on 27 December and is keen to look into how the world is going to have to overcome public hostility to genetically-modified (GM) crops if a growing global population is to be fed.

The Today programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden examines whether it could be that by solving the flatulence associated with the sprout - researchers could blow away the clouds of mistrust hovering over other GM food.

"We could have a more, what shall we say, inert Brussels sprout," said Professor John Pickett, the leader of a GM wheat trial at the Rothamsted research institute.

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