Thursday, November 04, 2004

Roundup-Ready cocaine

For years now, the USA has been providing Columbia with Roundup herbicide, which has been sprayed almost daily in an attempt to eradicate lucrative coca plants from the countryside. Over the past few years, however, a Roundup-resistant strain of coca, called "Boliviana negra" has appeared. Joshua Davis, from Wired magazine went to Columbia to determine if this strain had been created by nefarious geneticists, or if some lucky coca farmer just stumbled upon it, and then cloned the heck out of it.



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