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Synthetic biology will help us feed ourselves with drought-tolerant crops as climate change accelerates

Drought stress has been a long-time limitation to crop production that is being exacerbated by climate change and associated reductions ...
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Don’t fear white bread. It’s more nutritious today than it was 200 years ago, new analysis shows

A study comparing historic and modern wheat varieties grown side by side has shown an increase in dietary fiber and ...
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Native Australian plant may help develop disease-resistant crops—and a COVID-19 vaccine

A team from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) spearheaded the genome sequencing of an ancient Australian plant years before ...
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Temperature-sensing plant molecule could help breed food crops optimized for changing climate

In a paper published in Nature Communications, a group of cell biologists .... reveal the phytochrome B molecule has unexpected ...
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Podcast: GMOs to blame for coronavirus? Catching COVID-19 twice; junk studies fuel biotech skepticism

As the world continues to struggle against the rapidly spreading coronavirus, anti-GMO activists are blaming crop biotechnology for the pandemic ...
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Rising food prices amid coronavirus pandemic stress already fragile economies in developing world

As the coronavirus pandemic penetrates more deeply into global supply chains, prices for key staples are starting to soar in ...
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Video: World has lots of food, but COVID-19 trade restrictions hamper supermarket restocking efforts

The food industry is struggling to cope with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Restrictions on transportation links that move ...
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GMO and organic crops can coexist with minimal risk of contamination, multiple studies confirm

In 2020, the world accommodates nearly 7.8 billion people. By 2050, world population is expected to reach 9.8 billion. With ...
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Viewpoint: Contradictory evidence exposes critical flaws in International Agency for Research on Cancer glyphosate assessment

This commentary does not concern itself with the need for, or the value of glyphosate as an agrochemical: rather it ...
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Global access to education is growing. Here’s how GMO crops might be helping

One of the consistent benefits of GM crop adoption has been a higher farm and household income. In an assessment ...
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Viewpoint: 6 debunked anti-GMO talking points activists should abandon for good

The public still accepts some blatant untruths about biotechnology, food safety, and sustainability ...
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Online grocers struggle to meet demand as COVID-19 keeps shoppers away from supermarkets

A pandemic forcing everyone to stay home could be the perfect moment for online grocery services. In practice, they’ve been ...
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Viewpoint: AARP misleads elderly about health, environmental benefits of organic food

Scaring old people is a time-tested strategy to scrounge up votes .... The coronavirus has made scamming even easier. The ...
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‘I’m a GMO’: Melanoma survivor explains how biotech improves cancer treatments and our food supply

Several years ago I felt several bumps on my head which turned out to be active melanoma tumors .... The ...
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Video: As coronavirus closes restaurants, farmers sell produce directly to consumers

Farming is becoming a forgotten business due to the coronavirus. Normally, around this time of year, farmers in Florida would ...
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Disease is the greatest threat to bee health. Can we protect them through genetically engineered probiotics?

If you cannot engineer the organism, engineer its microbiome. Since scientists began exploring how to solve problems using synthetic biology, ...
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Many grocery stores are running low on milk, so why are dairy farmers throwing out their supplies?

We are holding our breath waiting for the call that others have received telling them that the milk their farm ...
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Tequila-powered cars: Will biofuel from agave plants help avert energy shortages?

The agave plant used to make tequila could be established in semi-arid Australia as an environmentally friendly solution to Australia's ...
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Viewpoint: From GMOs to vaccines to climate change, we need to challenge anti-science activism in the 2020s

The last decade was remarkable for a rise in antiscience activities, especially in the areas of climate change, air pollution, ...
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Soy protein could help turn lab-grown steaks into realistic beef alternatives

Currently scientists have only produced relatively tiny nuggets of lab-grown meat, which can imitate ground beef for use in hamburgers ...
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Could indoor ‘freight farms’ provide ideal growing conditions for CRISPR-edited crops?

The technology and innovation moving within modern day agriculture is so fast-paced and expansive, you can find futuristic solutions, ideas, ...
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Washing your food with soap won’t kill coronavirus—but it could make you very sick

The debate around giving your fruits and veggies a bubble bath blew up [in late March] following a viral video ...
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How GMO, gene-edited crops can help feed billions of people without fueling climate change

We face a formidable challenge in the years ahead. We need to reduce [carbon] emissions and also sustain a growing ...
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Video: What would happen if all the world’s farmers grew organic food?

Stuck at home without your usual organic veggies? Just buy regular ones. They're safe, nutritious and might even be better ...
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‘Unforgiving math’: Why intensive agriculture is needed to fight climate change and feed 10 billion people

There is an unforgiving math at the interface of agriculture and the environment ...
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Pigs could accelerate coronavirus vaccine development

The Pirbright Institute is joining in the global battle to help control COVID-19 by using its unique expertise and facilities ...
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Coronavirus presents ‘looming food crisis,’ FAO warns

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that the global coronavirus pandemic may trigger a “looming food ...
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Clones, enzymes, stem cells and more: Learn these scientific terms to better understand biotech news

Quite often, you hear about advances in biotechnology in the news .... [Y]ou might feel as if the science and ...