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Gene editing in agriculture: Disclosure, communication and transparency critical to public acceptance

Communication is critical around the topic of gene-editing, an emerging technology that involves making precise changes in the genetic material ...
Talking Biotech: The powerful potential—and risks—of CRISPR engineered 'gene drives'

Talking Biotech: The powerful potential—and risks—of CRISPR engineered ‘gene drives’

Evolutionary biologist Fred Gould: 'Gene drives' can be found in nature. Now, scientists want to engineer them to decrease populations ...
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CRISPR food in grocery stores in 5 years? Gene editing research picks up speed

CRISPR, which works by finding and then replacing, editing or deleting a genetic sequence inside an organism, is currently being ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-GMO opposition to CRISPR gene editing driven by skepticism of corporations, capitalism

The Des Moines Register recently reported on research ... which unveiled Russian funding for and promotion of articles that question the ...
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What’s stopping us from using CRISPR to gene edit humans to fight disease?

Emerging clinical applications of CRISPR editing include delivery of CRISPR systems into the body to repair genetic sequences. This is ...
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Controversial CRISPR paper claiming widespread ‘off-target mutations’ retracted by Nature Methods journal

Nature Methods has retracted a 2017 paper suggesting a common gene editing technique may cause widespread collateral damage to the ...
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Herpes is rampant but there’s no vaccine in sight. Is it next on the gene editing cure list?

The fact is, almost everyone has herpes. Just so we’re defining our terms, genital herpes refers to the incredibly common ...
USDA has 'no plans' to regulate CRISPR gene-edited crops, says agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue

USDA has ‘no plans’ to regulate CRISPR gene-edited crops, says agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue ... issued a statement making it clear that USDA does not regulate, or have any plans ...
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Fighting Ebola with tobacco plants bioengineered to produce spider silk

There is still no approved drug for Ebola. The closest is the experimental biotherapeutic drug ZMapp, which was in extremely ...
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Calyxt’s gene-edited high-fiber wheat won’t be regulated as a GMO, USDA confirms

Calyxt, Inc., a consumer-centric, food- and agriculture-focused company, announced that the Company’s high fiber wheat product has been declared a ...
Viewpoint: Sweeping impact of gene editing demands better way to educate the public

Viewpoint: Sweeping impact of gene editing demands better way to educate the public

If the history of public engagement surrounding other recent scientific innovations is a guide, efforts to explain the science behind ...
The human cost of the anti-GMO movement: Why one scientist is quitting GE crop research

The human cost of the anti-GMO movement: Why one scientist is quitting GE crop research

Constantly confronting people who think my research will harm them is profoundly distressing ...
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CRISPR strawberries? Monsanto-backed gene-editing venture developing sweeter fruit

In a move aimed at securing a place in the rapidly-evolving food technology scene, agricultural giant Monsanto has invested $125 ...
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Agroecologist: Gene-edited animals aren’t the solution to livestock diseases

It is very worrying not only to read about yet another blunder by the industrial farming sector (Pigs in the ...
Does CRISPR cause unintended mutations? Authors of controversial study reverse their findings

Does CRISPR cause unintended mutations? Authors of controversial study reverse their findings

[Editor's note: The authors of a controversial report in Nature in May 2017 suggested that the popular CRISPR gene-editing technique ...
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From GMOs to CRISPR: Making sense of how genetic engineering tweaks nature

Many new genetic engineering techniques have been stumbled upon by accident. Studying how bacteria defend themselves has led to CRISPR ...
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Scientist to CEO: Caribou Biosciences’ Rachel Haurwitz targets cancer with CRISPR

In a fashionable fitted blazer, Rachel Haurwitz looks the part of a polished executive when she meets me in the ...
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Dementia treatment shows promise in CRISPR lab tests

Salk Institute scientists reported [March 15] that they’ve invented a new version of the technology that works on RNA, combining CRISPR/Cas9’s ...
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Viewpoint: Will the crop biotechnology revolution pass Nigeria by?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is creating a new era, fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds. Breakthroughs in different fields ...
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CRISPR gene editing and other New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) face opposition from organic industry

Can organic and non-GMO agriculture offer innovative, tech-based solutions for our food system – or does hope lie in new ...
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House ‘right to try’ law passes, sent to Senate: What it could mean for fragile patients

The US House of Representatives passed a federal "right-to-try" bill [March 21], leaving many Americans wondering what the move could ...
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Viewpoint: How Germany’s anti-GMO, pro-organic politics benefit US ag companies

Editor's note: The following is a satirical letter written by Reinhard Szibor, professor emeritus of human genetics and forensic medicine at the ...
Modern Victor Frankenstein? What synthetic biologists can learn from the classic cautionary tale

Modern Victor Frankenstein? What synthetic biologists can learn from the classic cautionary tale

Mary Shelley was 20 when she published “Frankenstein” in 1818. Two hundred years on, the book remains thrilling, challenging and ...
Monsanto to fund gene editing company Pairwise Plants to develop new crop varieties

Monsanto to fund gene editing company Pairwise Plants to develop new crop varieties

Monsanto Co. will fund a new U.S. company that aims to develop crops using technology known as gene editing, rather ...
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CRISPR opens the door on crop research by smaller companies and universities

CRISPR, a new gene-editing technique, offers an end run around the cost associated with traditional genetic engineering, allowing smaller companies ...
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How will government regulations impact CRISPR gene editing in agriculture?

In the USA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is responsible for regulating food and agricultural products, has made ...
Viewpoint: Gene editing in humans should leave 'no room for suspicion' of 'closed door' research

Viewpoint: Gene editing in humans should leave ‘no room for suspicion’ of ‘closed door’ research

The Royal Society has recently published the results of an extensive survey of the attitudes of the general public to ...
Gene editing could all but end world's most serious livestock diseases

Gene editing could all but end world’s most serious livestock diseases

Farming is poised for a gene editing revolution that could overcome some of the world’s most serious livestock diseases, the ...