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Poisonous carcinogens called Aflatoxins can be produced when food crops are infected by certain species of the fungus, Aspergillus. Consumers in the developed world are largely protected from exposure to these dangerous natural compounds through pest control and product screening. Unfortunately, in the developing world, aflatoxins are frequent contaminants in staple foodstuffs such as maize and groundnuts (peanuts).
There is new hope for a solution to this vexing health issue based on a recent collaboration between groups of scientists in the US and in India. Read More