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A Northern Irish couple is using the Internet to tempt farmers in developing nations into planting crops that are genetically engineered to produce commercially useful molecules.

The couple hopes to broker contracts between the farmers and biotech firms seeking new regions to grown biopharmaceutical crops such as transgenic maize and tobacco.

But environmentalists and scientists have expressed concern at these attempts to get poor farmers from Asia and Africa to agree to make thousands of hectares available to biotechnology companies.

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Reference: Nature 421, 776 (2003)

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