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Mexico is the center of origin for maize, and there is a substantial interest in protecting the genetic integrity of this limited resource. At the same time Mexico’s population is growing. There is an intricate balance between feeding a population and ensuring farmer profit versus preservation of a genetic resource.
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| | June 21, 2018
A new study from researchers at the University of Iowa reveals a link between food allergies and autism, though many questions remain. The study showed 11.25 percent of American children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) also have a food allergy, more than double the 4.25 percent of kids without...
The merger has been a laboured one: in order to please regulators, Bayer had to sell its seed and herbicide department to BASF, and Monsanto agreed to retire its brand name. But the new conglomerate argues that their union was dictated by the need to consolidate their respective positions and...
| | June 21, 2018
Glyphosate, neonicotinoids, drinking water initiative – renouncing pesticides is currently the subject of fierce discussion. For while on the one hand our nutrition system cannot function without crop protection, especially pesticides carry undisputed risks for humans and the environment. ... I believe we have no option but to significantly reduce...
| | June 21, 2018
If you listen closely to the sound of birds chirping, you’ll hear that they’re taking turns. The same goes for croaking frogs and dolphin whistles. Fireflies flirt in alternating flashes, called “courtship dialogues.” And monkey parents will refuse to respond to offspring if they’re interrupted. Scientists have long observed that...
| | June 21, 2018
[W]hy are so many people highly sceptical of GMOs? One reason could be non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Although they are perceived as trustworthy, some of their “facts” about GMOs are not sufficiently researched or are even blatantly false, leading to a spread of misinformation amongst the general public. ... As the...
| | June 21, 2018
This past March, headlines suddenly flooded the Internet about a startup company called Nectome. Founded by two graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the new company was charging people $10,000 to join a waiting list to have their brains embalmed, down to the last neuron, using an award-winning chemical...
“Mother Nature” is changing quickly and this requires the adoption of technology-driven solutions that will help both growers and consumers, Jim Collins, the chief operating officer of Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, told EURACTIV. ... Collins also referred to the discussion in Europe about the so-called “new plant breeding...
| | June 21, 2018
In the past few years, [David] Liu’s become one of the most brightly-shining luminaries in the rapidly advancing field of gene editing. … Now he’s setting his custom-built evolution engines loose on the molecular machines that cut, paste, erase, and edit DNA. His goal is to create a massive library of disease-targeting...
Biologics are complex molecules, modifying our immune responses to specific chronic inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or irritable bowel disease. They are manufactured by placing genes into host cells who through transcription and translation provide the core protein. Biosimilars are biologics “generic” equivalents, except they are not. …...
| June 21, 2018
The American Chestnut tree used to be a staple in American forests until it essentially became extinct due to blight. Researchers and geneticists at SUNY ESF have found a way to resurrect the American Chestnut through genetic engineering. They are now working on getting the new blight-resistant trees approved by...
corn 6 18 18
Mexico is the center of origin for maize, and there is a substantial interest in protecting the genetic integrity of this limited resource. At the same time Mexico’s population is growing. There is an intricate balance between feeding a population and ensuring farmer profit versus preservation of a genetic resource.

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