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The GM food debate is about to get even stranger. Researchers now suggest that cereal crops should be made as poisonous as one of the deadliest spiders in the world, David Adam discovers.

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Adam, D. Spider plants. Nature (2000). https://doi.org/10.1038/news000601-7

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