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iGEM Team: Cleaning up our Crops


Herbicides are an integral component of modern farming. However, glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the United States and the main ingredient in formulations like Roundup™, has recently been classified as a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

As of 2016, Illinois alone was responsible for 8.56% of the total volume of glyphosate applied in the U.S. That’s a lot to clean up.

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