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Why your future banana could be orange

Orange is the new...yellow?

If a group of scientists get their way, that could be true for a new breed of bananas. After almost a decade in development, human trials will begin with the genetically modified superfruit.

Enriched with beta carotene, this new kind of banana is aimed at combating starvation and preventing blindness for children in developing countries, Gizmodo reported.

Once ingested, beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children and is an especially severe problem in Africa, according to the World Health Organization.

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Trials of the new bananas will likely last until year's end and if the trials go well, the new bananas could be available for growing by 2020.

To read more, check out Gizmodo's post about the orange bananas.

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