Children in many countries are struggling to get the vitamins they need from their nutrient-poor diets. But what if bacteria could allow them to make their own? Vitamin A deficiency affects about 250 million children worldwide. Around half a million of them go blind every year, and half of those that do die within 12 months. "It’s a serious public health issue," says Loredana Quadro at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey… This is the first time engineered bacteria have been used to make beneficial compounds inside a living animal, says Quadro, who presented the findings at the Probiota 2015 conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, this week.
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