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Caption: Aspergillus oryzae, on the left, has been genetically optimized to convert rice starch into sugars. Its wild cousin, Aspergillus flavus, on the right, is an agricultural pest that produces aflatoxin, a potent natural carcinogen.
Credit: John Gibbons, Vanderbilt University
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