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Gene silencing technology yields a better French fry potato

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Fried foods and health

If Russet Ranger were a kid rather than a potato, it might be eyeing top potato Russet Burbank and singing the last refrain in the one-potato, two-potato handclapping rhyme: "Icha bacha, soda cracker, out goes Y-O-U!" For Russet Burbank's long reign as top potato for French fry production in the United States may be in jeopardy after scientists have muted the genes that left Russet Ranger undesirable for French fries.

Caius M. Rommens and colleagues in Idaho describe their successful modification of Russet Ranger