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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 19, 2018
At current rates, according to a 2006 article in the journal Science, the world will run out of all wild-caught fish by mid-century. Genetically engineered fish could provide a solution, taking the pressure off wild stocks and reducing the energy and carbon emissions required to feed the world’s seafood appetite. Because...
| | February 19, 2018
Modern medicine and rapidly advancing technology have seen us greatly evolve from the early days of hunter-gatherers, and now the same factors are working toward seeing the introduction of “superhumans” into our society. At the core of the development is designer bodies using DNA manipulation and human/AI hybrids. … Imagine...
[Researcher Alec] Nielsen heads a startup called Asimov that is trying to automate the design of sophisticated genetic modifications. Its software, called CELLO, is modeled on that used to plan electronic circuits and computer chips with billions of transistors. … Manufacturing proteins, biofuels, or chemicals inside cells isn’t new. That is where...
Scientists in Uganda had hoped it was the dawn of a new era in food security for a drought-prone region. In October, Uganda’s legislature moved to lift a ban on genetically modified crops, a move that stoked both hopes and fears in a fiercely divided populace. Where proponents saw opportunity...
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Editor's note: Graham Scoles is a plant scientist at the University of Saskatchewan While engaging in an online debate around genetically modified organisms, I realized that few non-farmers understood the issues farmers have dealing with weeds. Many people are ready to condemn herbicide-resistant crops and the application of herbicides and seem...
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Experts say gene therapy could finally be used to treat HIV and AIDS - after a decade of trying to replicate the transplant that cured a patient in Germany. … 'Gene therapy techniques have advanced greatly,' said Dr Otto Yang of the UCLA AIDS Institute, one place working on this. 'A lot of...
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Australian scientists have discovered a new molecular switch in our brains that controls fat burning – and by flicking it on, they hope to stop the dreaded effects of "yo-yo dieting". And a second team say they have found a way of switching off the chemical that makes us hungry....
| | February 19, 2018
Editor's note: Mischa Popoff is a former USDA organic inspector and farmer Organic activists would like you to believe their brand pre-exists in nature the way fresh air and clean water do. It does not. It only exists because we have come up with a legal framework by which to...
| | February 19, 2018
Americans are easily riled about genetically modifying crops, animals and foods, even though research indicates they know little about how GMOs are produced. So, what about consumer understanding of a new and much different approach to precision breeding called gene editing? There’s a big difference between what are usually referred...
| | February 19, 2018
DIY gene therapy is far from the mainstream, but the numbers of people who are attempting to genetically engineer their own bodies is rising. People like Tristan Roberts, working with companies like Ascendance Biomedical, have publicly been testing their gene therapies on everything from HIV/AIDS to herpes. This has been...
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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