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Oxitec's Simon Warner: Engineered male fall armyworms contain a gene that prevents female offspring from reaching adulthood, reducing wild pest populations and minimizing their spread.
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| | February 22, 2018
New research, published Sunday [Feb. 18] in the journal Molecular Autism, might provide one of the first steps needed toward developing an accurate blood test for the condition. And along the way, it might also help us better understand why autism occurs in the first place. European researchers looked at the blood and...
| | February 22, 2018
The Bahamas weren’t settled until 1,500 years ago. The people who settled there are known as the Lucayan Taino, and they and the other Taino communities of the Caribbean were the natives who met the first Spanish colonists in 1492. At the time, the Taino were thriving. ... That didn’t...
| | February 22, 2018
Supporting modern agriculture while also selling into the market for non-genetically modified food seems like a contradiction. But an American firm is hoping to pull off that high-wire act with its herbicide-tolerant canola, now for sale in Canada. “Because it’s a non-GM product, we’re looking at this being aligned with...
| | February 22, 2018
Homo sapiens has had a tight relationship with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the unicellular fungus better known as brewer’s yeast. … That doesn’t mean S. cerevisiae can’t be further improved—at least not if Jef Boeke has his way. The director of the Institute for Systems Genetics at New York University’s Langone Health, Boeke is leading an...
| | February 22, 2018
A research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels. Due to the composition of plant cell walls, plant material is not efficiently broken down or...
| | February 22, 2018
Growing human organs inside other animals has taken another step away from science-fiction, with researchers announcing they have grown sheep embryos containing human cells. Scientists say growing human organs inside animals could not only increase supply, but also offer the possibility of genetically tailoring the organs to be compatible with...
Calls to ban ‘bee-harming pesticides’ heightened last year following the release of new field studies on the effects of neonicotinoids, and against a background of reports of ‘ecological Armageddon’ in the form of declining insect populations. ... However, some scientists have warned of unintended consequences. One fear is that farmers will replace...
| | February 22, 2018
[R]esearchers say the discovery of alien life is more likely to be welcomed with open arms than panic. … To examine public reaction to aliens, [professor Michael] Varnum and his colleagues analysed the language of 15 media articles written at the time of three discoveries which were initially suggested to...
Although genetically modified foods appeared recently, human beings have been altering unintentional plant genomes for millennia. Agriculture appeared around 10,000 years ago, and since then farmers have been responsible for manipulating a wide variety of crops. The sophisticated techniques used today were not employed during these processes but ultimately they...
In recent years, there has been a groundswell of science-based evidence linking the triad of (1) brain health, (2) cognitive function, and (3) aerobic fitness. Increasingly, the neuroprotective benefits of staying active and physically fit are impossible to deny. Adding to this mountain of evidence: A new study, “Cardiorespiratory Fitness and White Matter...
Fall armyworm 843743
Oxitec's Simon Warner: Engineered male fall armyworms contain a gene that prevents female offspring from reaching adulthood, reducing wild pest populations and minimizing their spread.
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