IS TIME RIPE FOR 3-MONTH TOMATO?

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The battle is heating up to market a tomato with the longest possible shelf life. The Flavr Savr tomato, the first genetically altered whole food to hit the U.S. market, is about to get some competition, if a biotechnology company here gets the government's green light. The firm, DNA Plant Technology, has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture for unrestricted rights to grow

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The battle is heating up to market a tomato with the longest possible shelf life. The Flavr Savr tomato, the first genetically altered whole food to hit the U.S. market, is about to get some competition, if a biotechnology company here gets the government's green light. The firm, DNA Plant Technology, has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture for unrestricted rights to grow its patented genetically engineered tomato, which officials say could have a shelf life of up

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