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Tweaking RNA of a rice or potato plant by inserting the gene of an ANIMAL...

• Daily Mail

-Splicing the gene FTO into crops boosted their size and yield 300 percent in the lab and  50 percent in the field

-It also increased their rate of photosynthesis and produced longer roots

-FTO can 'muffle' genetic signals telling plants to reduce growth

-In addition to world hunger, the process could bolster grasses, trees and other flora impacted by climate change

Introducing animal genes into common crops has enabled scientists to massively increase their yield and make them more resistant to drought, according to a new study.

A consortium of researchers from the US and China manipulated the ribonucleic acid, or RNA, of potato and rice plants by adding a gene called FTO.