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(CNN)Unlike us, plants have ample self-control when it comes to choosing how much they eat. Ironically, as humanity struggles with an obesity epidemic, plant breeders are trying to make crops eat more.
Appetite control systems
But what if we could tweak the controls? Could we then make crops even more obese? Experiments with the sugar control system suggests that the answer is a resounding yes.