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CRISPR co-inventor Jennifer Doudna: Gene-edited foods could hit stores by 2024

While ethicists debate the applications of blockbuster gene-editing tool Crispr in human healthcare, an inventor of the tool believes it has ...
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Viewpoint: GMOs are an overlooked but consequential solution to climate change

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are not only a lot less scary than pop culture would lead you to believe ...
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Naturally mutating corn pollen genes may lead the way to higher-yielding crops

Pollen genes mutate naturally in only some strains of corn, according to Rutgers-led research that helps explain the genetic instability ...
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Microbial biofertilizer could boost sustainable farming as food demand booms

Agriculture is facing tough challenges in the years ahead, including a rising world population and arable land and water becoming ...
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Lab-grown meat startups see profitable future in Canada

Canadian companies plan to serve up chicken, beef burgers and mouse-meat cat treats in the coming years, all without the ...
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Drought, neonicotinoid insecticide ban cut EU’s canola yields 18 percent, USDA reports

The European Union is picking a good time to produce its second straight subpar rapeseed crop. The United States Department ...
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Food companies pursue ‘glyphosate free’ certification as Roundup-cancer legal battle rages

Companies are increasingly enrolling in a voluntary certification program that provides glyphosate-free labels for their products, as consumers grow more wary of ...
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Geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam: The biotech advocate anti-GMO groups ‘love to hate’

Facing a tide of anti-GMO activism, [UC Davis animal geneticist Alison] Van Eenennaam has taken it upon herself to advocate ...
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New model uncovers possible mechanism behind Varroa mite’s assault on honey bees

The association between the deformed wing virus and the parasitic mite Varroa destructor has been identified as a major cause of worldwide ...
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First lab-grown burger may cost $50 at anticipated 2020 restaurant debut

On April 15, Bruce Friedrich ascended a stage in Vancouver, Canada to give a TED Talk to a packed room ...
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CRISPR-edited wheat could cut China’s toxic weed killer use

Chinese farmers are facing worsening problems with jointed goatgrass (Aegilops tauschii) – a close relative to wheat – growing in ...
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Pakistan announces field trials of 85 GMO pest-resistant Bt cotton varieties

The Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) has announced that 93 new cotton varieties will undergo National Coordinated Varietal Trials (NCVT) in four ...
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Viewpoint: Roundup on trial—speculative glyphosate-cancer lawsuits based on ‘junk science’

“The art of junk science is to brush away just enough detail to reach desired conclusions, while preserving enough to ...
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Biotech firms rush to enter CRISPR crop market to meet global food demand

Agriculture technology (“agtech”) companies of all sizes are vying to enter commercial food markets. [In March] when news broke about ...
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‘Edible insects’ boost food sustainability, but will consumers eat BBQ-flavored bugs?

There is an increasing range of insect-based products, such as whole/flour, snacks, health bars, pasta, pasta sauce and burgers. Edible ...
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Newly discovered ‘gene conversion’ mechanism could lead to high-yielding wheat

When it comes to breeding better wheat varieties....we seek to introduce desirable genes that increase yield, [but] these can come ...
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EU adopts new rules to quell mistrust of food safety studies based on industry data

New rules designed to increase transparency in the EU food safety risk assessment process have been adopted. The European Parliament ...
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CRISPR-edited ‘super plants’ might be our best chance to slow climate change

If this were a film about humanity’s last hope before climate change wiped us out, Hollywood would be accused of ...
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Viewpoint: Ghana’s anti-GMO groups urged to embrace gene editing technology

Scientists are urging Ghana’s anti-GMO groups to embrace gene editing technology to help ensure a more effective and productive agricultural ...
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GMO AquAdvantage salmon labeling questions resurface

AquaBounty Technologies, creator of the first-ever salmon genetically engineered for commercial production, doesn’t have to notify Canadian buyers that its ...
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Drought and pollution: How do thirsty plants impact air quality?

[P]lants can both help create and cleanse one dangerous air pollutant: ground-level ozone, which causes breathing problems and exacerbates lung ...
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High production costs, regulation: Obstacles keeping lab-grown meat off our plates

The thought I had when the $100 chicken nugget hit my expectant tongue was the one cartoon villains have when ...
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Engineered ‘self-limiting’ insect could suppress soybean looper, ‘exponential’ threat to US crops

Oxitec Ltd., a UK-based biotechnology company that pioneered the use of biologically-engineered insects to control disease-spreading mosquitoes and crop-destroying agricultural ...
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Viewpoint: Biotech industry should rebuild EU’s trust in science to foster farming innovation

The global environmental challenges are changing too fast and we therefore need speedy reactions too, including innovative plant breeding technologies ...
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Domestication ‘reboot’: CRISPR gene editing turns wild plants into desirable fruits and vegetables

Early in the 20th century, a strange tomato plant took root in the northeastern United States. Because of a random ...
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Do ‘loopholes’ in organic, non-GMO labeling rules mislead consumers?

The North Dakota State Collegiate Future Farmers of America and NDSU Collegiate Farm Bureau hosted a food information forum to ...
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Fungus-resistant hazelnuts illustrate how genetic modification safeguards our food supply

Ordu is a picturesque city between the mountains and the Black Sea, where a quarter of the world’s hazelnuts grow ...
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Glyphosate trial: Text messages, emails reveal Monsanto’s ‘cozy’ relationship with EPA, plaintiffs’ lawyer argues

As the trial over the world’s most widely used herbicide and its connection to a California couple’s cancer stretches into ...