Viewpoint: Should genetically edited food be on your dinner plate? A synthetic biologist and a sociologist say ‘yes’

Viewpoint: Should genetically edited food be on your dinner plate? A synthetic biologist and a sociologist say ‘yes’

Catherine Price, Nicola Patron | 
Nicola Patron: Oil from soybeans gene-edited to produce a “high oleic” oil with no trans fats and less saturated fat is already ...
Gene editing: Powerful tool for managing climate change

Gene editing: Powerful tool for managing climate change

Nicholas Karavolias | 
Growing up, my family spent summer weekends on the beaches of New York State. Riding in a car packed with ...
‘Food without fresh water’: If ocean levels rise, farms around the world could be flooded with salt water. Here’s how we could keep crops alive

‘Food without fresh water’: If ocean levels rise, farms around the world could be flooded with salt water. Here’s how we could keep crops alive

Teresa Carey | 
When irrigation water is introduced to a field, plants absorb the water, or it evaporates into the atmosphere. But the ...
Viewpoint: Facing booming global population and a warming climate, the EU’s ban on gene editing farm solutions is ‘as irrational as it is absurd’

Viewpoint: Facing booming global population and a warming climate, the EU’s ban on gene editing farm solutions is ‘as irrational as it is absurd’

Christian Stöcker | 
In an article published [recently] in Nature, the chairmen of an international association of experts called the Scientific Group warn: ...
Japan poised to approve CRISPR gene edited sea bream fish that has 50% more muscle mass — and requires no extra food

Japan poised to approve CRISPR gene edited sea bream fish that has 50% more muscle mass — and requires no extra food

Anjel Garrison | 
Japan is genetically modifying sea bream fish to have 50 percent more muscle and, according to Japan News/Yomiuri Shinbun, government ...
‘We need new tools including genetic engineering’: Climate change is terrible for crops, but great for weeds

‘We need new tools including genetic engineering’: Climate change is terrible for crops, but great for weeds

Lauren Quinn | 
By the end of the century, scientists expect climate change to reduce corn yield significantly, with some estimating losses up ...
Britain poised to dramatically overhaul outdated, restrictive EU genetically engineered crop and animal regulations

Britain poised to dramatically overhaul outdated, restrictive EU genetically engineered crop and animal regulations

David Matthews | 
The UK is gearing up to diverge from the EU and make it easier to research and commercially cultivate genetically ...
Uganda’s costly dithering on GMOs

Uganda’s costly dithering on GMOs

Steven Cerier | 
Uganda has a very extensive research and confined field-testing program for GMO crops that include disease-resistant potatoes, cassava and bananas, ...
While Africa seeks to harmonize crop biotechnology regulations, activists ‘corporate infiltration’ narrative

While Africa seeks to harmonize crop biotechnology regulations, activists ‘corporate infiltration’ narrative

Wendell Roelf | 
The African Union is developing guidelines for the use of genetically modified (GM) crops across the continent, officials said, amid ...
Just one gene could restore the American chestnut — a tree that reckless humans once all but destroyed

Just one gene could restore the American chestnut — a tree that reckless humans once all but destroyed

Teresa Carey | 
An American nurseryman introduced the Japanese chestnut tree to the eastern U.S., accidentally introducing a blight fungus along with it ...
Growing food security challenges in Africa opening regulatory doors, softening opposition to game-changing CRISPR crop editing

Growing food security challenges in Africa opening regulatory doors, softening opposition to game-changing CRISPR crop editing

Peter Theuri | 
Experts from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) are now keen to extinguish a lingering assumption that genetic modification, ...
CRISPR gene-edited wheat with lower carcinogenic acrylamide levels when toasted greenlighted for UK field trials

CRISPR gene-edited wheat with lower carcinogenic acrylamide levels when toasted greenlighted for UK field trials

Hertfordshire-based experiments will be the first field trials of CRISPR edited wheat anywhere in the UK or Europe. The wheat ...
Which genetically engineered plant traits need US government approval? Federal government offers new guidance

Which genetically engineered plant traits need US government approval? Federal government offers new guidance

Steve Davies | 
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing draft guidance for a new regulatory review process aimed at determining ...
What’s holding up biotech crop commercialization in China?

What’s holding up biotech crop commercialization in China?

Alanna Rennie, Andrew Sim | 
GMOs are a hot societal topic within China. For a long time, China’s policy with respect to GMOs has been, ...
Seedless blackberries with a year-round growing season? Gene editing opens up new doors for radical improvements in the long-stagnant berry market

Seedless blackberries with a year-round growing season? Gene editing opens up new doors for radical improvements in the long-stagnant berry market

John Clark | 
Genetic variation plus environmental effects are what make us, and the berries we grow, what we are. The interaction of ...
If you can't see me you can't bite me: CRISPR experiments target altering mosquitoes to make them blind to humans

If you can’t see me you can’t bite me: CRISPR experiments target altering mosquitoes to make them blind to humans

Sabrina Imbler | 
For the first time, scientists have used the gene-editing tool Crispr-Cas9 to render humans effectively invisible in the eyes of ...
Genome editing poised to secure global food supply, study finds

Genome editing poised to secure global food supply, study finds

Joan Conrow | 
Genome editing is set to revolutionize plant breeding and could help secure the global food supply, according to a new ...
The story behind the 100% public GM bean reaching Brazilian plates

The story behind the 100% public GM bean reaching Brazilian plates

Daniel Norero | 
In some Brazilian supermarkets, it is already possible to buy a new genetically modified (GM) common bean, which bears the ...
A human protein genetically engineered into wheat plants increases yields by 50%. Is this dramatic tweak replicable?

A human protein genetically engineered into wheat plants increases yields by 50%. Is this dramatic tweak replicable?

Shi En Kim | 
It’s not enough to grow more food—humanity needs to grow more efficiently. With an eye toward feeding the world’s growing ...
Will approval of vitamin A-enhanced Golden Rice in the Philippines open floodgates for other GM biofortified crops and foods?

Will approval of vitamin A-enhanced Golden Rice in the Philippines open floodgates for other GM biofortified crops and foods?

Maya Posch | 
After decades in development, the Philippines became the first country on July 21st of this year to formally approve the ...
GMOs and gene edited foods face novel and sometimes conflicting regulations around the world. This study compares EU’s shut-down restrictions with 6 countries

GMOs and gene edited foods face novel and sometimes conflicting regulations around the world. This study compares EU’s shut-down restrictions with 6 countries

Novel foods and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are subject to a large variation in regulatory approaches around the world, with ...
A parasite is targeting bananas crops around the world — but African scientists are using CRISPR to stop it

A parasite is targeting bananas crops around the world — but African scientists are using CRISPR to stop it

Mihai Andrei | 
All the cultivated banana varieties are susceptible to diseases — and Banana xanthomonas wilt (BXW) is particularly problematic. BXW is ...
Western consumers have generally positive attitudes toward gene-edited foods, two new studies find

Western consumers have generally positive attitudes toward gene-edited foods, two new studies find

Joan Conrow | 
Western consumers tend to have a generally positive view about genome-edited foods, though their awareness of the technology remains low, ...
Drudgery relief advantages of GMOs: Genetically engineered corn in South Africa reduces burden of hand-weeding on women

Drudgery relief advantages of GMOs: Genetically engineered corn in South Africa reduces burden of hand-weeding on women

Although there is an extensive and growing body of literature on the economic impact of the adoption of GM crops ...
The global population is exploding — and food security hinges upon biotech crops

The global population is exploding — and food security hinges upon biotech crops

Sam Azgor | 
The world’s population is growing. At the same time, the amount of cropland is decreasing. So now a big challenge ...
GMO social media battleground: Scientists and farmers using activist tactics to push back on disinformation deluge

GMO social media battleground: Scientists and farmers using activist tactics to push back on disinformation deluge

Luis Ventura | 
Social media has fundamentally changed how we communicate with each other. Much has been written about the negative consequences of ...
10 key facts about Golden Rice, a GMO that can save the lives and sight of millions of children

10 key facts about Golden Rice, a GMO that can save the lives and sight of millions of children

Daniel Norero | 
"This rice could save a million kids a year," read a famous Time magazine cover from July 2000. The report ...
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