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New CRISPR-based platform detects plant pests, identifies useful traits for crop breeding

SHERLOCK technology is a new CRISPR-based platform that is rapid and portable and enables detection and quantitation of plant genes ...
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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to lobby Trump for joint USDA-FDA CRISPR animal oversight

Arguing against regulations classifying livestock as drugs, the National Pork Producers Council wants the Food and Drug Administration to yield ...
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Podcast: CRISPR immunizes pigs against PRRS—deadly viral disease that costs $600 million annually

Christine Burkard, assistant professor of infection and immunity at the Roslin Institute in Scotland, says her team has devised a ...
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Trump executive order streamlining biotech rules won’t speed CRISPR animal approvals, livestock industry says

The executive order that the Trump administration announced [in June 2019] to streamline the approval process for agricultural biotechnology has ...
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Gene editing could save Ghana’s cocoa from extinction, scientists say

A new study warns that climate change could drive Ghana’s cocoa (cacao) industry to extinction — a fate that scientists ...
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CRISPR, ‘speed breeding’ can help meet surging food demand on a warming planet

Farmers and plant breeders are in a race against time. The world population is growing rapidly .... but the amount ...
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President Trump signs executive order that aims to streamline approvals for gene-edited and GMO crops, animals

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on [June 11] directing federal agencies to streamline the review process for ...
EU vegetable oil producers join 26 farm, science organizations calling for updated CRISPR crops rules

EU vegetable oil producers join 26 farm, science organizations calling for updated CRISPR crops rules

Plant breeding innovations need to be treated differently to GMOs in order to leverage their potential to contribute to sustainability ...
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Food waste-reducing non-browning Romaine lettuce edges closer to market

The agriculture industry is constantly trying to reduce food waste. To continue that effort, Intrexon Corporation announced it is advancing ...
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From health clinics to farms, CRISPR has a bright future, but diligence required to limit ‘off-target’ effects

The ability to make targeted, intentional changes in chromosomal DNA using the tools of genome editing has been a tremendous ...
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Scientific challenges to CRISPR crops ‘largely settled,’ though political, social concerns remain

Soon, soybeans will be bred to yield oil without dangerous trans fats. Lettuce will be grown to handle warmer, drier ...
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Plant breeders will move CRISPR gene-editing programs out of EU without updated regulations, industry group says

A number of breeding companies have promised to relocate their advanced mutagenesis breeding programs outside Europe and others will follow ...
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14 EU nations call for ‘unified’ CRISPR crop regulation to boost sustainable farming

The Netherlands and Estonia are leading a coalition of 14 EU member states calling on the next European Commission to ...
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Scrambled DNA fragments could open doors to higher crop yields, new herbicides

Plants have shown a wide range of reactions after being edited with random bits of genetic material. Some grow faster ...
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Will GMO-wary China accept virus-resistant CRISPR pigs?

As China struggles to stem a contagious, hog-ravaging disease, a British company offers some hope. But it may first need ...
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EU Commission prepares for possible ‘overhaul’ of GMO crop rules to address CRISPR gene editing

The EU executive has already prepared the ground for a new initiative on gene editing to overhaul the current GMO ...
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Australian scientists eager to begin CRISPR crop research as deregulation deadline nears

GM crops continue to produce productivity gains and environmental benefits worldwide, although those benefits are mostly limited to cotton and ...
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UK biotech firm Genus seeks approval to sell virus-resistant CRISPR pigs in China, world’s biggest pork market

British livestock genetics firm Genus agreed on [May 16] to license its know-how on virus-resistant pigs to Beijing Capital Agribusiness ...
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Breeding better steak: Geneticists aim to streamline development of heat-tolerant cattle

For Raluca Mateescu, the battle against climate change involves an unusual task: breeding a better steak. A researcher at the ...
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Anti-GMO Russia joins global CRISPR ‘bonanza,’ investing $1.7 billion in gene-edited crop research

Russia is embracing gene-editing. A 111-billion-rouble (US$1.7-billion) federal programme aims to create 10 new varieties of gene-edited crops and animals ...
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CRISPR, lab-grown meat boost sustainable farming amid fears of biodiversity loss

A global panel of scientists representing more than 130 nations [recently] released the summary of their Global Assessment Report on ...
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Argentina, Brazil, Canada, US call for ‘science-based’ biotech crop import rules to prevent global trade disruptions

The Ministers of Agriculture from Argentina, Brazil, Canada and the United States highlighted that food demand is rising while agricultural ...
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Chemical-free gene silencing poised to ‘naturally’ target disease pests that cause $130 billion of annual crop damage

An estimated $130 billion worth of crops are lost every year to diseases caused by nematodes. Targeting the harmful nematodes ...
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Podcast: Will consumers embrace CRISPR-edited crops even though they are not regulated as GMOs?

The company Calyxt, just outside St. Paul, Minn., wanted to make a new kind of soybean, with oil that's a little ...
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Genetically engineered trees could save our forests—but it won’t be an easy fix

A biotech tree could simultaneously increase and decrease the wildness of a forest ...
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May election offers Europe chance to embrace gene editing and ‘smart agriculture,’ boost sustainable farming

On May 26, Europeans will be able to vote to elect new MEPs. This election will no doubt provide an ...
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Viewpoint: The ‘thrilling’ innovations that ushered in the biotechnology revolution may not be enough to combat the huge anti-GMO propaganda machine

Scientists need to promote and defend the relevance of their science, even after it has left their lab ...
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FDA hires staff to streamline biotech animal evaluation amid calls for USDA regulation take over

The FDA has expanded its capacity to handle scientific and risk-based evaluation of biotech animals, the agency’s acting commissioner said ...