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Gene editing ‘rice revolution’: CRISPR could be used to grow one of the world’s most important crops in salt water

Traditional agriculture requires many inputs; fertilizer, specific chemicals, manual labor and water. Most of the water used in agriculture is ...
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CRISPR technology opens door to vertical farming of dozens of crops, from strawberries and cucumbers to mango and almond trees

Do you want it locally grown, water-saving and pesticide-free? Urban agriculture might suit you, with a little help from gene ...
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Gene editing used in China in a failed but promising attempt to cure HIV

Scientists in China have used CRISPR gene-editing technology to treat a patient with HIV, but it didn't cure the patient, ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Irrational anti-GMO fears and anti-science’ in the developed world ‘negatively impacts the developing world’

One of the tools that is readily available to help alleviate shortages of food produced in many countries, is the ...
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Weird Science Beer: GMO start-up offers sustainable brew with intriguing yeast flavor

Weird Science – as the new beer is appropriately called – is a 5.2-percent ABV pale ale described by Drake’s [Brewery] ...
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41% glyphosate-cancer increase claim under fire: Did authors of new meta-study deliberately manipulate data or just botch their analysis?

Among other lapses, The Zhang paper does not mention the serious science and ethical questions raised pertaining to IARC’s assessment ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 6: Pesticide residues ― Something to worry about?

Just like anything that goes into your body, it’s the dose (the amount) that matters ...
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Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue, Part 3: How dangerous is glyphosate?

Although pesticide toxicity and biodegradability has decreased overall, many consumers are still worried about pesticides. They are especially concerned with ...
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Are we ready for the artificial womb?

In the coming years, the obstacles to ectogenesis --development outside of a mother from fertilization to full-term infancy-- will be ...
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When a Farmer and a Dietitian are the Same Person: Telling Stories to Counter Misinformation about Biotechnology

Jennie Schmidt, Third-Generation Maryland Farmer, Registered Dietitian, Member of the Global Farmer Network | August 7, 2018 Highlights: Combining a ...
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How to change consumer perception of crop biotechnology and GMO foods

Genetically modified (GM) foods for human consumption have long been a subject of intense public debate, as well as academic ...
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Viewpoint: Indian anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva ‘spreads misinformation and fear’ about conventional agriculture

I attended a presentation given by Vandana Shiva, a well-known anti-GMO activist, at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. It was definitely an ...
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Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Jan. 22, 2018

Viewpoint: It’s unreasonable to think Big Ag controls pro-GMO scientists | Cameron English I was diagnosed with breast cancer. How genetic ...
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Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Jan. 15, 2018

Rethinking the pesticides–neonicotinoids–bee health crisis narrative: Why the media get it wrong | Jon Entine Viewpoint: Oprah for president? Junk science ...
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Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Jan. 8, 2018

Should it matter if the public is wary of gene editing and human enhancement? | Grant Jacobs Global glyphosate herbicide ban ...
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Speed breeding: Researchers show wheat, canola and other key crops can be bred 6 generations per year

Pioneering new technology is set to accelerate the global quest for crop improvement in a development which echoes the Green ...
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Are seed patent protections abused by Monsanto and other agro-corporations?

Anti-GMO critics often claim major agricultural companies use seed patents to control farmers rights, which they say also limits innovation ...
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Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Dec. 18, 2017

Canola oil causes Alzheimer’s? How the media mis-covers science, feeds NGO misinformation and scares the public | Kevin Folta Viewpoint: Why ...
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‘Super beans’: Fast-maturing, high-yield variety could aid refugees in Africa

Drought conditions continue to contribute to famine in Africa, prompting a search for crops that are not only drought-resistant but ...
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Restoring soil health: Synthetic fertilizer use could be cut, nutrients restored with GMO bacteria

[A recent study] shows how genetically modified soil micro-organisms can help restore nutrients in the soil to increase crop yield ...
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How DNA can be manipulated to recreate the Mona Lisa

Researchers from Caltech have developed an inexpensive, facile technique for creating very large self-assembling DNA origami structures with customisable patterns ...
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CRISPR used to make bigger tomatoes without editing genes

Global crop yields are increasingly vulnerable to changing climate and air quality. To combat future environmental threats and increased population ...
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GMOs in South Africa: Benefits of biotech crops changing women farmers’ minds

As a young girl, Tepsy Eve Ntseoane never thought she’d grow up to be a farmer, let alone an advocate for ...
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Monsanto rolls out cash incentive for farmers who use controversial dicamba herbicide

Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread ...
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Talking Biotech: How will dicamba herbicide-resistant GMO crops fare after contamination fiasco?

Agronomist Karen Corrigan: Companies, farmers, and weed scientists should focus more on solutions to dicamba drift issues and less on ...
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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: ‘Radical change’ needed to make global food system sustainable

The Green Revolution of the post-World War II era has rightly been hailed as a huge achievement for humankind. Transformation ...
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‘Living tattoo’ made with 3D-printed bacteria responds to stimuli

A team at MIT has genetically modified bacteria cells and developed a new 3D printing technique to create a "living ...
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