'Super bananas' may save millions of lives in Africa

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A girl carries a load of bananas on November 3, 2013 in Rutshuru. Democratic Republic of Congo's army on Monday pounded the remaining hilltop positions of M23 rebels in the country's troubled east despite a truce call by the beleaguered insurgents. AFP PHOTO/Junior D. Kannah (Photo credit should read Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images)
CONGO - MARCH 24: Sale of bananas near Rutshuru, Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
CONGO - DECEMBER 12: A tourist stands above a banana plantation's terraced fields, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Photo by Dr. Gilbert H. Grosvenor/National Geographic/Getty Images)
Bananas being transported to market on bicycles. (Photo by William F. Campbell//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Bananas being transported to market on bicycles. (Photo by William F. Campbell//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Man hauling bananas using bicycle as a cart on side of road. (Photo by Brian Miller/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Man hauling bananas using bicycle as a cart on side of road. (Photo by Brian Miller/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
A South Sudanese market trader sits in his shop where he sells imported bananas from Uganda at Konyo Konyo Market in Juba on August 28, 2012. Konyo Konyo is the oldest market in Juba. AFP PHOTO/ Camille Lepage (Photo credit should read CAMILLE LEPAGE/AFP/GettyImages)
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London, UK - A new project pioneered by Australian researchers plans to have "special banana varieties -- enriched with alpha and beta carotene which the body converts to vitamin A -- growing in Uganda by 2020," according to AFP.

The project is part of a larger initiative to use "good science" to potentially save the lives of millions of "poor and subsistence-farming populations with nutritionally rewarding food."

Researchers announced Monday that the bananas are now being sent to the United States. According to multiple sources, the six-week trial "measuring how well they lift vitamin A levels in humans" should begin soon.
'Super Bananas' Might Save Millions Of Lives In Africa
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