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In a remote laboratory deep in the heart of poor, revolt-torn Chiapas, Mexico, plant pathologist Velitchka Blagoeva Nikolaeva picks up a papaya and points to a thumb-sized, ring-shaped blemish. "This ring-spot virus can destroy whole plantations of papaya," she says, speaking Spanish with a thick Slavic accent. "We're trying to wipe it out."

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