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A new report reveals some disturbing findings about crops that are genetically-modified to kill bugs-- the bugs might be winning.

Researchers at Iowa State University found that the Western Corn Rootworm has evolved to resist the protein that acts as an insecticide that is modified into corn seeds from Monsanto. Researchers in Illinois are now seeing the same thing.

Georgina Gustin, reporter for the St. Louis Dispatch told Here & Now's Robin Young that Monsanto is downplaying the problem.

"They feel like their science can keep pace with these bugs and with this resistance and they have to put on a brave face because they don't want investors to worry," she said.

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This segment aired on September 20, 2011.

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