Nigeria first to approve Bt cowpea

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  1. Nigeria has become the first country to approve open cultivation of genetically modified(GM) Bt cowpea.
  2. Bt Cowpea is pest- resistant and can help combat malnutrition rates, especially in children.
  3. However,activists claimed that the transgene Cry1Ab which is there in Bt cowpea can be toxic for human liver cells and can also alter the immune systems of lab animals.
  4. Genetically modified crops are plants in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination.