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From alpha to omega—producing essential fatty acids in plants

The production of essential oils in Arabidopsis thaliana suggests transgenic plants could become a dietary source of long-chain polyunsaturated fats normally obtained only from fish.

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Green, A. From alpha to omega—producing essential fatty acids in plants. Nat Biotechnol 22, 680–682 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1038/nbt0604-680

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