Gene drives could combat exploding population of poison-resistant subway rats and other pests

Gene drives could combat exploding population of poison-resistant subway rats and other pests

Figures ... show that London councils receive 100 complaints about rats and mice each day with some local authorities reporting ...
Fast-growing AquaBounty salmon could pave way for more genetically modified animals

Fast-growing AquaBounty salmon could pave way for more genetically modified animals

When it was revealed over the summer that genetically modified salmon was now being sold in Canada, the backlash from ...
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Viewpoint: Why using gene drives to eradicate pests might not be such a good idea

Using gene drives to eradicate pests has a potential downside—DNA is constantly changing. That means gene drives have the potential ...
Geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam: Genetic engineering could save farm animals from disease

Geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam: Genetic engineering could save farm animals from disease

Alison Van Eenennaam is one of agriculture’s leading voices of reason and persuasion in support of good science in food ...
Dolly the sheep revisited: Early health fears about clones 'greatly exaggerated'

Dolly the sheep revisited: Early health fears about clones ‘greatly exaggerated’

[L]ast year, Kevin Sinclair, a developmental biologist at the University of Nottingham, published a paper about several clones including Dolly’s four “sisters,” who ...
Fighting Zika: Gene edited, 3-eyed flightless mosquitoes

Fighting Zika: Gene edited, 3-eyed flightless mosquitoes

[I]n an effort to demonstrate how gene editing could be used to eradicate the mosquito species Aedes aegypti —a major carrier of ...
Sheep can identify faces in photos—and that may help us understand Huntington’s disease

Sheep can identify faces in photos—and that may help us understand Huntington’s disease

Researchers trained eight sheep to identify celebrity faces from photographs. The investigators also found that the sheep could identify a ...
Viewpoint: FDA regulations 'a disaster' for genetically modified animal research

Viewpoint: FDA regulations ‘a disaster’ for genetically modified animal research

The Trump Administration and Congress should rein in the FDA's regulatory overreach on genetically engineered animals, which is stifling important ...
What makes a female? How XX embryos destroy male reproductive tissue

What makes a female? How XX embryos destroy male reproductive tissue

A protein called COUP-TFII is necessary to eliminate male reproductive tissue from female mouse embryos, researchers report in the Aug. 18 Science. For ...
Genetically engineered three-eyed beetle could aid development of lab-grown organs

Genetically engineered three-eyed beetle could aid development of lab-grown organs

Researchers have intentionally genetically modified a common beetle to develop a third functional eye, right in the middle of its ...
Are 'gene drive' trials too risky for field studies?

Are ‘gene drive’ trials too risky for field studies?

In 2013, scientists discovered a new way to precisely edit genes — technology called Crispr... One of the more intriguing ...
CRISPR could revolutionize livestock breeding—if people will eat gene-edited animals

CRISPR could revolutionize livestock breeding—if people will eat gene-edited animals

Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR), the last site-specific endonuclease to be developed, is an RNA- guided endonuclease, easy ...
Biopesticides: Creating a mosquito-fighting bacteria wasn't easy—or fast

Biopesticides: Creating a mosquito-fighting bacteria wasn’t easy—or fast

[A]fter decades of international scientific effort, a new mosquito biopesticide (a pesticide that uses natural bacteria) has been approved. And it only took a year and ...
Saving the Galapagos: Gene drives could help rid invasive pests

Saving the Galapagos: Gene drives could help rid invasive pests

Eradicating invasive species can be a brutal job. On the island of Floreana, a plan to eliminate the rodents that ...
Omega-3 fish oil from a plant? GMO camelina could offer sustainable alternative

Omega-3 fish oil from a plant? GMO camelina could offer sustainable alternative

The distant relative of rapeseed could solve one of the problems faced by fish farms -- growing fish with the ...
Talking Biotech: TALEN gene editing to make more nutritious food crops

Talking Biotech: TALEN gene editing to make more nutritious food crops

Calyxt's Dan Voytas: Using TALEN gene editing to create soybeans with healthier oil, high fiber wheat and canola with lower ...
Neurologic disorders may be linked to brain's immune system

Neurologic disorders may be linked to brain’s immune system

New research suggests there could be a link between certain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, and the brain's inability to clear ...
The race to grow meat without slaughtering animals—can genetic engineering help?

The race to grow meat without slaughtering animals—can genetic engineering help?

Operating with a team of just 10 (though it's expected to grow to 40 in a matter of months), [Memphis ...
Fighting malaria: Bacteria targets parasites in mosquito gut

Fighting malaria: Bacteria targets parasites in mosquito gut

Using a bacteria strain that colonizes the mosquito digestive tract and spreads rapidly throughout the populations, scientists have successfully inhibited ...
GMO acceptance resistant to education, political and religious beliefs

GMO acceptance resistant to education, political and religious beliefs

A study examining the public's 2006 views on GMOs offers a glimpse into the evolution of the ongoing debate over ...
Should we use gene drives to eradicate rats and other pests?

Should we use gene drives to eradicate rats and other pests?

The CRISPR gene editing tool enables very precise changes to the genetic composition of its host. While the technology is ...
Healthy bacon? Headlines mislead on Chinese CRISPR gene-edited low-fat pigs

Healthy bacon? Headlines mislead on Chinese CRISPR gene-edited low-fat pigs

On October 23, Chinese scientists published a paper heralding a truly remarkable feat: Using the genome-editing technique CRISPR, they created 12 healthy ...
Cutting calories likely lengthens lifespans—but why?

Cutting calories likely lengthens lifespans—but why?

Nearly a century ago, researchers discovered that cutting calorie intake was actually able to extend lifespan in various animal species ...
Low-fat CRISPR gene-edited pigs could reduce animal suffering and costs

Low-fat CRISPR gene-edited pigs could reduce animal suffering and costs

Here's something that may sound like a contradiction in terms: low-fat pigs. But that's exactly what Chinese scientists have created ...
Food industry aims to win public trust of CRISPR gene-edited crops and animals

Food industry aims to win public trust of CRISPR gene-edited crops and animals

There’s a genetic technology that scientists are eager to apply to food, touting its possibilities for things like mushrooms that ...
GMO hornless cow awaits approval amid FDA policy changes

GMO hornless cow awaits approval amid FDA policy changes

[In 2016], Recombinetics, the 35-person company [geneticist Scott Fahrenkrug] founded in 2008 with three other geneticists from the University of ...
Cancer drugs could be grown in chicken eggs

Cancer drugs could be grown in chicken eggs

Japanese researchers have genetically engineered hens whose eggs contain drugs that can fight serious diseases including cancer, in a bid ...
Muscular pigs in Cambodia raise false concerns about GMO technology, safety

Muscular pigs in Cambodia raise false concerns about GMO technology, safety

Pigs are being bred on a farm in Cambodia, and their enormous size and hulking muscles are raising alarm. The ...