N. Carolina researchers report making tobacco less harmful

North Carolina State University researchers reported Monday that genetically modifying burley tobacco can lower levels of carcinogens in cured tobacco as much as six-fold.

The results could lead to tobacco products — especially smokeless products — containing fewer cancer-causing agents, NCSU said in a news release.

The research is sponsored by Philip Morris USA. The research results were published online in Plant Biotechnology Journal.

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