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 ...
South Australia close to passing bill to extend GMO crop ban to 2025

South Australia close to passing bill to extend GMO crop ban to 2025

South Australia is set to extend its controversial ban on the growing of genetically-modified crops until 2025 after a bill ...
Viewpoint: Blame activist social media for Europe's anti-science crusade against glyphosate

Viewpoint: Blame activist social media for Europe’s anti-science crusade against glyphosate

[Editor's note: Richard Hackett is an Agronomist based in North County Dublin, Ireland.] [A]ccess to abundant food has led to complacency ...
What's a 'GMO' food?

What’s a ‘GMO’ food?

[W]hat exactly is a GMO? The initialism stands for "genetically modified organism," but it's a term lacking scientific precision. Moreover, ...
Video: Geneticist Nina Fedoroff on what to do when scientists and citizens disagree about GMOs

Video: Geneticist Nina Fedoroff on what to do when scientists and citizens disagree about GMOs

At the 2017 D.W. Brooks Lecture and Award held on Nov. 7 in the Georgia Center’s Mahler Auditorium, molecular biologist ...
Viewpoint: From Non-GMO to gluten-free, 'fake transparency’ in food labeling offers little but higher prices

Viewpoint: From Non-GMO to gluten-free, ‘fake transparency’ in food labeling offers little but higher prices

At what point does food labeling become less about transparency and more about marketing strategy? A new federal law mandating ...
US District Court dismisses lawsuit claiming GMO foods shouldn't carry 'natural' label

US District Court dismisses lawsuit claiming GMO foods shouldn’t carry ‘natural’ label

On October 25, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts dismissed a consumer class action under Massachusetts law, ...
Survey showing health benefits from non-GMO diet? 'The misinformation is staggering'

Survey showing health benefits from non-GMO diet? ‘The misinformation is staggering’

It was the stuff of anti-GMO activists' dreams: A “peer-reviewed” paper, published in a scientific-looking journal with an impressive title, detailing ...
Naming genetic diseases: There's more to it than you might think

Naming genetic diseases: There’s more to it than you might think

An effort is underway to streamline the way we name genetic diseases, with an emphasis on imparting useful medical information, ...
Innovation meets precaution: NGO delay tactics hinder gene-editing revolution in Europe

Innovation meets precaution: NGO delay tactics hinder gene-editing revolution in Europe

Does today’s fear of potential risks caused by GMO make us unable to carry out necessary actions for a better ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Nov. 13, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Nov. 13, 2017

USDA scraps overhaul of GMO and gene edited crop regulations that biotech advocates viewed as ‘unscientific’ | Paul McDivitt Gene therapy ...
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 ...
NGO opposition to GMO, gene-edited crops not rooted in emotion and dogma, research suggests

NGO opposition to GMO, gene-edited crops not rooted in emotion and dogma, research suggests

In 2016, 107 Nobel Laureates signed an open letter calling on Greenpeace to desist from campaigning against agricultural biotechnology and ...
'We are those farmers': Why you shouldn't villainize farmers who use GMOs—or the food they grow

‘We are those farmers’: Why you shouldn’t villainize farmers who use GMOs—or the food they grow

[Editor's note: Kate Lambert and her husband grow corn and soybeans in Brookfield, Mo.] We are those farmers they want you ...
Bernie Sanders, 10 Senate Democrats push USDA for 'consumer-friendly' GMO label

Bernie Sanders, 10 Senate Democrats push USDA for ‘consumer-friendly’ GMO label

Senate Democrats are pushing the Agriculture Department to create a labeling standard for products made with genetically modified organisms (GMO) that ...
Scientists warn EU policymakers that farm pesticides could be to blame for insect declines

Scientists warn EU policymakers that farm pesticides could be to blame for insect declines

A recent study showed a 75% decline in Germany’s insect population over a period of almost 30 years but the European Crop ...
Could the Arctic Apple be the beginning of a new wave of consumer-oriented GMO foods?

Could the Arctic Apple be the beginning of a new wave of consumer-oriented GMO foods?

This month, bags of sliced apples will hit grocery-store shelves in the midwestern United States for the first time. Shoppers ...
Viewpoint: After Christopher Wild departure, next IARC chief must fix 'beleaguered' agency

Viewpoint: After Christopher Wild departure, next IARC chief must fix ‘beleaguered’ agency

With the sudden departure of IARC head Christopher Wild, here's a wish list put together by David Zaruk, who offers ...
Food fears: How anti-science myths—like 'clean eating' and GMO health risks—make eaters anxious

Food fears: How anti-science myths—like ‘clean eating’ and GMO health risks—make eaters anxious

[Editor's note: Aaron Carroll is a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is the author of ...
'Science Moms' documentary counters anti-GMO, anti-vaccine misinformation

‘Science Moms’ documentary counters anti-GMO, anti-vaccine misinformation

In an era of fear-based marketing targeted to parents, one group of moms hopes to launch a movement of science-minded ...
How the 'Dunning-Kruger' effect explains public's anti-GMO views

How the ‘Dunning-Kruger’ effect explains public’s anti-GMO views

[A] new study from Carnegie Mellon University has provided key information on what factors influence public acceptance of GMOs and ...
Video: Dissecting claim that Canadian professor is a 'Monsanto sock puppet'

Video: Dissecting claim that Canadian professor is a ‘Monsanto sock puppet’

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation recently brought forth allegations that professor Peter Phillips of the University of Saskatchewan is a Monsanto ...
Genetic engineering 'fastest method' to save Florida citrus industry from greening disease

Genetic engineering ‘fastest method’ to save Florida citrus industry from greening disease

[Editor's note: Manjul Dutt is a research assistant scientist and Jude Grosser is a research professor, both at the University of ...
Ecological Armageddon? Scientists criticize media coverage of insect study that raised questions about farm pesticide use

Ecological Armageddon? Scientists criticize media coverage of insect study that raised questions about farm pesticide use

Results of a study of insects in protected areas across Germany earned dramatic headlines warning of "ecological Armageddon". ... [T]he ...
New Zealand farmers group drops lawsuit, paving way for local GMO bans

New Zealand farmers group drops lawsuit, paving way for local GMO bans

Federated Farmers has dropped a legal battle against rulings allowing regional councils to decide whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can ...
USDA scraps overhaul of GMO and gene edited crop regulations that biotech advocates viewed as 'unscientific'

USDA scraps overhaul of GMO and gene edited crop regulations that biotech advocates viewed as ‘unscientific’

The Trump administration withdrew a proposed USDA rule change made by the Obama administration that would have been the first ...
Video: Exploring the possibilities offered by CRISPR gene editing

Video: Exploring the possibilities offered by CRISPR gene editing

The CRISPR-Cas9 system has revolutionised gene-editing, but cutting DNA isn’t all it can do. From turning gene expression on and ...
Closing gap between rich and poor farmers: CRISPR gene editing targets disease, pests and climate

Closing gap between rich and poor farmers: CRISPR gene editing targets disease, pests and climate

Gene editing technology could revolutionize the way scientists breed high-yielding drought, disease and pest resistant, quality plant seeds, greatly reducing ...