‘Super’ Banana to Be Tested on Humans


bananasScientists believe we may soon be able to save millions of lives in Africa, one banana at a time. Researches at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have announced they will begin testing their genetically engineered pro-vitamin A banana on humans and have shipped them to the U.S. for a six-week trial.

These bananas have been enriched with alpha and beta carotene to help elevate the body’s vitamin A levels. As a result, the flesh is more orange than a typical one, but the discoloration is a small price to pay for a fruit that could have a huge public health impact.

Professor James Dale of QUT said vitamin A deficiency is responsible for “650,000-700,000 children world-wide dying each year and at least another 300,000 going blind.”

Dale is confident it’s just a matter of time before the “super” banana is saving lives across the globe. “We know our science will work,” he said. Read more at AFP.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Why shouldn’t the GMO foods be labeled?! If you want to see a few decades of safety record before you put GMO into your mouth – you should have a choice; if you are willing to take a GMO risk for the sake of cheaper or more nutritious food -you should have a choice. What can possible go wrong with playing genetics with our environment and the food supply?-what can possibly go wrong with a magic material that saves human lives from fire?!-wondering what was once referred to as “the magic material”?-asbestos.

  2. This is shtick. It would be cheaper to give the millions of people who are deficient in these vitamins (and therefore dying) a multivitamin or Vitamin A supplement every day (non-kosher vitamins are cheaper than sandpaper) than to give them a daily genetically engineered banana.

    I get it – these bananas will be healthier. But saving lives? Seriously? BIGGEST Shtick!!!

  3. I agree with the Rebbe. This isn’t a lifesaver. I wasted my time clicking on the link. False advertising, if you ask me. This article is just as ‘genetically-engineered’ as these bananas.

    This is what I have to say:

    Stop genetically modifying bananas, and eat a carrot instead.