Espionage in the cornfield: Designer seeds tested in Iowa stolen by China

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Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 2:03 pm, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The case of the missing corn seeds first broke in May 2011 when a manager at a DuPont research farm in east-central Iowa noticed a man on his knees, digging up the field.

When confronted, the man, Mo Hailong, who was with his colleague Wang Lei, appeared flushed. Mo told the manager that he worked for the University of Iowa and was traveling to a conference nearby.

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