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Topics: China, New York

Sunday, 25 April 2004

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McDonald's genetically modified rice products

New York City, U.S.A. - MacDonald's Corporation announced today to Wall Street analysts a joint venture with the International Rice Genome Sequencing Project (IRGSP) of Beijing, China. The venture is expected to produce revolutionary rice products for the international fast-food market within 3 years.

Work is already underway to genetically modify the oryza sativa rice species to become a Sushi plant. Preliminary results have resulted in occasional rice plants which produce a primitive spiral-type sushi roll of rice wrapped in a large seaweed-type leaf.

Scientists at the Beijing Genomics Institute were able to combine a rice genome with that of common seaweed. The rice genome is large, with multiple duplicated fragments which provide many opportunities to connect to seaweed and other DNA such as that of sesame seeds or crabmeat.

The MacDonald's Corporation anticipates substantial profits to be generated by the Sushi plant and similar genetically modified rice products.

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