Biofortified tomatoes provide a new route to vitamin D sufficiency

  title={Biofortified tomatoes provide a new route to vitamin D sufficiency},
  author={Jie Li and Aurelia Scarano and Nestor Mora Gonzalez and Fabio D'Orso and Yajuan Yue and Krisztian Nemeth and Gerhard Saalbach and Lionel Hill and Carlo de Oliveira Martins and Rolando Mor{\'a}n and Angelo Santino and Cathie Martin},
  journal={Nature Plants},
  pages={611 - 616}
Poor vitamin D status is a global health problem; insufficiency underpins higher risk of cancer, neurocognitive decline and all-cause mortality. Most foods contain little vitamin D and plants are very poor sources. We have engineered the accumulation of provitamin D3 in tomato by genome editing, modifying a duplicated section of phytosterol biosynthesis in Solanaceous plants, to provide a biofortified food with the added possibility of supplement production from waste material. 
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