Fast-growing genetically modified salmon arrives in South America, as Brazil approves AquaBounty fish sales

Fast-growing genetically modified salmon arrives in South America, as Brazil approves AquaBounty fish sales

Genetically Modified (GM) salmon producer AquaBounty said [June 1] it has received regulatory approval from Brazil’s National Biosafety Technical Commission ...
‘Young blood’: Here’s how a plasma infusion could ward off bone brittleness, increase lifespan and reverse aspects of aging

‘Young blood’: Here’s how a plasma infusion could ward off bone brittleness, increase lifespan and reverse aspects of aging

[I]n the past two decades, the idea of blood as an elixir of youth has leapt from the pages of ...
Viewpoint: National security and agriculture — Why the US needs a forward-thinking farming blueprint that ‘encourages local produce, livestock raising and meat processing’

Viewpoint: National security and agriculture — Why the US needs a forward-thinking farming blueprint that ‘encourages local produce, livestock raising and meat processing’

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed an ignored truth of the American agriculture system: While the U.S. agricultural system is able to ...
‘Future foods’: How kelp, maggots, fungus and other nutrients grown outside of the traditional agriculture system can help fight climate change

‘Future foods’: How kelp, maggots, fungus and other nutrients grown outside of the traditional agriculture system can help fight climate change

In a new perspective piece, researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk explain that ...
Aquaplastic derived from E. coli confronts the plastic waste crisis? Made from gut bacteria, this genetically engineered biodegradable material completely dissolves in 45 days

Aquaplastic derived from E. coli confronts the plastic waste crisis? Made from gut bacteria, this genetically engineered biodegradable material completely dissolves in 45 days

Using genetically engineered E. coli, scientists from Northeastern University, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and elsewhere say they turned E. coli into ...
Viewpoint: Reaching net zero US agriculture emissions — As part of his infrastructure plan, Biden could ‘unleash climate-friendly food innovation’ by backing novel foods like alternative proteins, low-emission meats

Viewpoint: Reaching net zero US agriculture emissions — As part of his infrastructure plan, Biden could ‘unleash climate-friendly food innovation’ by backing novel foods like alternative proteins, low-emission meats

By procuring novel foods like alternative proteins and low-emission meats, the Biden administration could unleash a wave of climate-friendly food ...
Is the clock ticking for the human race?

Is the clock ticking for the human race?

At a recent lecture to Harvard alumni I was asked how long I expect our technological civilization to survive. My ...
The younger you are, the more likely you are open to trying cell-based protein like cultured meat, survey shows

The younger you are, the more likely you are open to trying cell-based protein like cultured meat, survey shows

The cultured meat market is poised to take off, evidenced by new research affirming that many consumers are willing to ...
Edible wood? By tapping into the ‘natural genetic potential of microorganisms’, tree waste can be transformed into food-grade protein

Edible wood? By tapping into the ‘natural genetic potential of microorganisms’, tree waste can be transformed into food-grade protein

The protein sector is squeezed between the drive to reach net zero emissions by 2050 – required if global warming ...
Viewpoint: Cell-based meat on sale in Europe within 3-5 years? While the rest of the world innovates in food technology, politics and bureaucracy paralyze EU

Viewpoint: Cell-based meat on sale in Europe within 3-5 years? While the rest of the world innovates in food technology, politics and bureaucracy paralyze EU

[In December 2020,] Singapore became the first country to authorise the commercialisation of cultivated meat.​ Understandably, Europeans want to know ...
Are dairy products made from animal-free sources vegan? Green adherents grapple with whether they should embrace cheese and other ‘precision fermentation’ foods

Are dairy products made from animal-free sources vegan? Green adherents grapple with whether they should embrace cheese and other ‘precision fermentation’ foods

We are entering a brand new era of slaughter-free menus and products, which includes everything from mycelium steak to cell-cultured ...
The US military has polluted 25 million acres of prairie grass-filled land used for target practice. Now there is a GMO solution to detoxify it

The US military has polluted 25 million acres of prairie grass-filled land used for target practice. Now there is a GMO solution to detoxify it

Genetically modified (GM) switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) can be used to purge soils of RDX residues, according to new research. RDX ...
‘A woman’s blood could signal that birth is approaching’: Test in development uses biomarkers to predict delivery date

‘A woman’s blood could signal that birth is approaching’: Test in development uses biomarkers to predict delivery date

At the moment, women are given a due date that is 40 weeks from the first day of their last ...
Genetically modified mosquitoes are now hatching in the Florida Keys. Scientists and residents concerned about Zika and other viral diseases couldn't be more pleased. Here's why

Genetically modified mosquitoes are now hatching in the Florida Keys. Scientists and residents concerned about Zika and other viral diseases couldn’t be more pleased. Here’s why

[M]osquito eggs placed in the Florida Keys are expected to hatch tens of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes, a result ...
drone over a field

Robotics, sensors, drones, and more: Agricultural technology enables farmers to go green without going broke

While always stewards of the land, [farmers have] faced a continuous squeeze over the decades with the real price of ...
Using 3D printing to create algae-based novel, environmentally-friendly ‘living materials’, from skin to bio-garments

Using 3D printing to create algae-based novel, environmentally-friendly ‘living materials’, from skin to bio-garments

[A] solution that can help save our environment and change the world is 3D printing, which has been used in ...
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Meet Tom, Dick and Wilma: These precision farming robots can ‘maximize yields at the individual plant level’

[A] UK startup called the Small Robot Company is about to change how farming is done. SRC uses two autonomous ...
A single vaccine to protect us against COVID, SARS, MERS and all other coronavirus diseases? It may be possible

A single vaccine to protect us against COVID, SARS, MERS and all other coronavirus diseases? It may be possible

“A universal SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is step one,” [Anthony] Fauci said. Step two would be a universal coronavirus vaccine, capable of ...
Viewpoint: Here’s one key thing the Biden administration can do to seriously address climate change

Viewpoint: Here’s one key thing the Biden administration can do to seriously address climate change

President Biden and his administration need to take concerted actions to advance an area of research that could prove decisive ...
Viewpoint: ‘Crops were in the fields, but folks were going hungry’: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) can optimize how produce gets from the farm to your plate

Viewpoint: ‘Crops were in the fields, but folks were going hungry’: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) can optimize how produce gets from the farm to your plate

"I can't think of a better or more noble application of artificial intelligence than into the food supply chain," says ...
60 years monitoring 60 million stars and no trace of alien life

60 years monitoring 60 million stars and no trace of alien life

[R]adio signals continue to be the most popular SETI target, as focused radio emissions could signal the presence of an ...
Challenging ‘infodemics’: How AI helped create — and maybe could help contain — the growing boom in disinformation

Challenging ‘infodemics’: How AI helped create — and maybe could help contain — the growing boom in disinformation

There’s nothing new about conspiracy theories, disinformation, and untruths in politics. What is new is how quickly malicious actors can ...
Israeli startup makes real cow’s milk and human breast milk directly from cells — no animals required

Israeli startup makes real cow’s milk and human breast milk directly from cells — no animals required

Founded in 2018, BioMilk is an offshoot from over a decade of research by scientists at the Hebrew University of ...
From lab bench to dinner table — How do you create cell-based prime rib eye?

From lab bench to dinner table — How do you create cell-based prime rib eye?

In March of 2021, researchers at the University of Tokyo announced that they had successfully grown steak in a lab ...
’AI is neither artificial nor intelligent’: Kate Crawford’s new book ‘Atlas of AI’ views technology through a social justice prism

’AI is neither artificial nor intelligent’: Kate Crawford’s new book ‘Atlas of AI’ views technology through a social justice prism

[In her book “Atlas of AI,” Kate Crawford brings] us on a global journey, from the mines where the rare ...
Microplastics are overwhelming the environment. Here’s how we could mobilize bacteria to clean up our pollution mess

Microplastics are overwhelming the environment. Here’s how we could mobilize bacteria to clean up our pollution mess

Microplastics are not easily biodegradable, so they stick around for long periods of time and they also absorb and accumulate ...
The case for public investment in alternative proteins

The case for public investment in alternative proteins

The United States currently consumes more meat per capita than any other country. In the past decade, however, the US ...
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