Replacing fungicides? GMO potato crops appear to be the only solution to addressing late blight disease in sub-Saharan Africa

Replacing fungicides? GMO potato crops appear to be the only solution to addressing late blight disease in sub-Saharan Africa

[Late blight disease] remains the main threat to potato production globally with a 15-30% production reduction. Using an average cost ...
How the Biden Administration can accelerate prosperity by fixing agricultural-biotech regulations

How the Biden Administration can accelerate prosperity by fixing agricultural-biotech regulations

The Biden administration has a rare opportunity to accelerate agricultural innovation and spur broad and lasting economic growth by taking ...
Global warming causing eucalyptus trees, used for lumber, to invade native ecosystems. CRISPR gene editing could prevent that

Global warming causing eucalyptus trees, used for lumber, to invade native ecosystems. CRISPR gene editing could prevent that

Oregon State University’s Steve Strauss led an international collaboration that showed [a] CRISPR Cas9 gene editing technique could be used ...
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Biodegradable plastic from plants: How GE camelina could advance industrial sustainability

Skeptics beware, the proposition around growing a genuinely natural biodegradable plastic may be tied to a technology whose time has ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s why we have to harness gene editing to promote global food security

There is an urgent need to develop crop varieties which tolerate adverse growth conditions while requiring fewer inputs. Plant breeding ...
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CRISPR food in Japan: Consumers more skeptical of gene-edited livestock than crops, survey shows

Because humans tend to feel closer to animals than plants, and commonly express feelings regarding animal welfare but not plant ...
Central Uganda’s new leadership pledges support for GM crops: ‘We have a cardinal role to ensure food security’

Central Uganda’s new leadership pledges support for GM crops: ‘We have a cardinal role to ensure food security’

Newly elected leaders from Wakiso district in central Uganda pledged support for genetically modified (GM) crops during a sensitization workshop ...
UK sugar beet farmers could be growing gene-edited, disease-resistant crops within 5 years

UK sugar beet farmers could be growing gene-edited, disease-resistant crops within 5 years

[British Sugar] is investigating gene-edited beet seed as a long-term solution to [virus yellows] disease, which devastated crops across eastern ...
Anti-GMO groups struggle to preserve Europe's stringent crop gene-editing rules in post-Brexit UK

Anti-GMO groups struggle to preserve Europe’s stringent crop gene-editing rules in post-Brexit UK

Following its political and economic divorce from the European Union, the UK has been forced to tackle an incendiary question: ...
EU should speed its adoption of CRISPR crops to keep up with global competition, officials say

EU should speed its adoption of CRISPR crops to keep up with global competition, officials say

Using genome editing technologies in plants could help the EU ensure food security and reduce the impact of current agriculture ...
CRISPR ‘super corn’ with more kernels could reduce land, fertilizer and water use

CRISPR ‘super corn’ with more kernels could reduce land, fertilizer and water use

Thanks to selective breeding over the course of some 9,000 years, humans were able to transform an ancient wild grass ...
Thanks to gene editing, another biotech-driven farming revolution might be ‘just around the corner'

Thanks to gene editing, another biotech-driven farming revolution might be ‘just around the corner’

The basic principle of crop breeding is to first discover and then select for variants with desired traits. While selection ...
‘Stop conflating all biotechnology with genetic engineering’: The case for more refined USDA regulations

‘Stop conflating all biotechnology with genetic engineering’: The case for more refined USDA regulations

Policymakers had known for years that the U.S. regulation of crop biotechnology was out of date, and by 2016, discussions ...
Viewpoint: Consumer-focused GM and gene-edited products throw anti-GMO movement's future into doubt

Viewpoint: Consumer-focused GM and gene-edited products throw anti-GMO movement’s future into doubt

The bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory that has swept the nation and embedded itself in our political discourse is a prime ...
CRISPR offers hope for controlling African swine fever

CRISPR offers hope for controlling African swine fever

New vaccine trials hold great promise in the management of an East African strain of African swine fever (ASF), one ...
UK poised to lift ban on gene-edited crop cultivation

UK poised to lift ban on gene-edited crop cultivation

Gene editing involves replacing genes that govern traits such as water dependency and nutrition with better-functioning ones from the same ...
Latin American researchers use gene editing to breed hardier crops

Latin American researchers use gene editing to breed hardier crops

Latin American researchers are using gene editing to breed hardier varieties of staple crops and fruits, according to an Alliance ...
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Viewpoint: FDA’s overregulation of gene-edited animals hinders innovation and harms consumers

Viewpoint: FDA’s overregulation of gene-edited animals hinders innovation and harms consumers

When the FDA wants to, it can get desperately needed products expeditiously to those who need them.  But for some ...
Gene editing could yield swine flu-resistant pigs, cutting the risk of another pandemic

Gene editing could yield swine flu-resistant pigs, cutting the risk of another pandemic

[Swine flu] was transmitted to humans across the world in the 2009 pandemic and led to pig industry costs of ...
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China’s ‘five-year plan’ for farming productivity emphasizes importance of biotech crops

[China’s 13th] Five-Year Plan, which ended in 2020, was focused on eradicating extreme poverty in the country. With the new ...
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Agriculture and climate change: Taking the best of all farming systems could tip the carbon scale in the right direction

Agriculture contributes a significant portion of the world's climate-changing greenhouse gases. In turn, changes in climate will reduce agricultural yields ...
Foods made from gene-edited wheat may contain lower levels of potentially carcinogenic chemical acrylamide

Foods made from gene-edited wheat may contain lower levels of potentially carcinogenic chemical acrylamide

Burnt bread contains a compound known as acrylamide, a chemical that can cause cancer.  The darker the toast, the more ...
African researchers use gene editing and other tools to breed heartier livestock

African researchers use gene editing and other tools to breed heartier livestock

Livestock researchers in Africa are looking to genome editing and other new technologies to identify genes that could help them ...
Cloned animals: A safe, sustainable source of food and medicine?

Cloned animals: A safe, sustainable source of food and medicine?

It's now possible to clone animals and use them to produce a wide variety of valuable products, including staple foods ...
Podcast: Dogology—The science of our four-legged friends

Podcast: Dogology—The science of our four-legged friends

Geneticist Kat Arney brings you some scientific tails as we explore the genetics of dog breeds and behaviour ...
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