crops as the Amflora potato in the hope that field trials could be made. "This fact ca▓nnot simply be ignored because currently sentimen▓t is hostile," Mer
kel said. Merkel stressed th▓e ban on the MON 810 GMO maize was a▓n individual decision. She said her own conservative CDU party should remain open to biotechnology which in future could become a key feature of agriculture. Some fear that Germany's ruling government coalition ban of GMO maize could damage the country鈥檚 reput▓ation as a location for scientific development. Earlier this month, German Agriculture M▓inister Ilse Aigner banned cultivation and sale of GMO maize of type MON 810 produced by U.▓S. seed giant Monanto. Aigner stated ▓she would make a new review of an applicat▓ion for open-air trial cultivation of the GMO pota▓to Amflora developed by German group BASF鈥攚hich is not yet involved in commercial plantings. Related s▓tories:BEIJING, Dec. 15 -- Scientists may have figured out one reason some people reach ▓for the french fries instead of an apple. It could be a gene that'
s been linked to an increased risk of obesity▓. A study of children found those w▓ith a common variation of the gene tend to overeat hig
h-calorie foods. They ate 100 extra calories per meal, which over the long ter
m can put▓ on weight, said Colin Palmer, who led the study at the University of Dundee in Scotland.The findings don't mean that everyone with that version of the gene will eat too much and become obese, he said. They just might have a tendency to eat more fattening foods."It's still your choice," he sa
id. "This gene will not make you overweight if you do not overeat." Palmer said the results suppo▓rt the theory that childhood obesity today could be connected to the widespread availability and low cost of high-calorie foods. The research is published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.▓
Last year, scientists discovered the gene, named FTO, ▓was linked to obesity but they didn't know why. Most▓ of the other genes thought to affect body▓ weight influence appetite. Palmer an▓d his colleagues wanted to know if the FTO gene also had to do with eating behavior, or whether it
involved how the body burns calories. They s▓tudied over 2,700 Scottish children ages 4 t▓o 10 and put a group of them through extensive tests. Nearly two-thirds of the children had at least one copy of the gene variant, about the same proportion found in last year's s