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Super Bananas Await Human Testing

Arash Zandi |
June 16, 2014 | 7:09 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Researchers expect the super bananas to start growing in Uganda by 2020. (Twitter/@GetInsideFood)
Researchers expect the super bananas to start growing in Uganda by 2020. (Twitter/@GetInsideFood)
Bananas have long been known to be an excellent nutritional food source, but scientists are eager to expand on the yellow fruit’s already bountiful benefits by testing “super bananas” on humans, reports TIME.

Backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the results of the tests are expected to be known by the end of 2014, and researchers expect the fruit to start growing in Uganda by 2020.

Scientists at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology (QUT) harvested a batch of the super fruit and shipped it to the United States for the six-week trial.

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The difference between super-bananas and ordinary ones is the presence of vitamin A, which has been linked to blindness and weak immune systems.

"Good science can make a massive difference here by enriching staple crops such as Ugandan bananas with pro-vitamin A and providing poor and subsistence-farming populations with nutritionally rewarding food," said the director of the Center for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities at QUT, Professor James Dale.

Eat your hearts out, Bananas in Pyjamas.


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