Success of CRISPR tomato may determine if gene-edited foods take root in Japan

Success of CRISPR tomato may determine if gene-edited foods take root in Japan

[A gene-edited tomato recently approved in Japan] contains a large amount of "gamma-aminobutyric acid" (a type of amino acid, commonly ...
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USDA, Health and Human Services reach agreement to bring US animal gene-editing rules ‘into the 21st century’

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Assistant Secretary ...
USDA approves GM petunias engineered to produce orange flowers

USDA approves GM petunias engineered to produce orange flowers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) [January 19 announced] the deregulation of petunia ...
Viewpoint: Promoting CRISPR crops at the expense of GMOs to appease activists undermines both technologies

Viewpoint: Promoting CRISPR crops at the expense of GMOs to appease activists undermines both technologies

In the span of a few short years, gene editing has allowed scientists to begin rapidly and cheaply improving food ...
Streamlining animal biotech rules unlikely as FDA rejects USDA proposal to take over regulation, citing ‘potential health repercussions’

Streamlining animal biotech rules unlikely as FDA rejects USDA proposal to take over regulation, citing ‘potential health repercussions’

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn has told the Health and Human Services Department that he would refuse to ...
CRISPR crops ‘aren’t GMOs,’ France says, challenging EU’s strict gene-editing regulations

CRISPR crops ‘aren’t GMOs,’ France says, challenging EU’s strict gene-editing regulations

France sees crops developed using gene-editing techniques as different to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and opposes a European Union court ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Regulatory creep’—How the FDA’s evolving rules hindered the introduction of gene-edited animals

Ever since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its plans to regulate genomic alterations in genome edited animals ...
GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase

GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase

They say good things come to those who wait. Well I have been waiting my entire career to eat milk, ...
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UK launches consultation that could roll back restrictive CRISPR crop rules, unlock ‘substantial benefits’

In one of its first post-Brexit moves, England has launched a consultation on gene editing in a bid to unlock ...
All CRISPR crops are GMOs in Europe? Groundbreaking court ruling may have been misinterpreted

All CRISPR crops are GMOs in Europe? Groundbreaking court ruling may have been misinterpreted

In the ruling of July 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that organisms obtained by ...
Calyxt gene-edited, heart-healthy soybeans help alleviate America's biggest soy shortage in years

Calyxt gene-edited, heart-healthy soybeans help alleviate America’s biggest soy shortage in years

[Calyxt Inc has] agreed to sell all the gene-edited soybean grains it produced in 2020 to agricultural merchant Archer Daniels ...
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FDA approves first-ever GM animal for use in food and human medicine: GalSafe pigs

[Dec 14], the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a first-of-its-kind intentional genomic alteration (IGA) in a line of domestic ...
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As AquaBounty readies US rollout of GMO salmon, scientists hope for jumpstart of biotech animal research

A genetically modified salmon will become the first GM food animal to go on sale in the US, according to ...
GMO ban in food-insecure Ghana would be ‘dangerous,’ deputy agriculture minister warns

GMO ban in food-insecure Ghana would be ‘dangerous,’ deputy agriculture minister warns

[A December 7 Agriculture Manifesto Forum organized by the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana] discussed the strategies in the 2020 ...
Nigeria validates gene-editing guidelines to ensure safe development of CRISPR crops

Nigeria validates gene-editing guidelines to ensure safe development of CRISPR crops

The [Nigerian] National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) on [December 9], formally validated its National Biosafety Guidelines on Gene Editing. The ...
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‘We can’t rule out new solutions’: German Greens poised to reconsider skepticism of crop biotechnology?

[T]he world is looking to research laboratories like Mainz, Cambridge and other cities, where vaccines are being developed these days ...
Viewpoint: Health risks of GMOs never materialized, so activist groups now misinform about biodiversity impact of GM crops

Viewpoint: Health risks of GMOs never materialized, so activist groups now misinform about biodiversity impact of GM crops

[A]fter 20 years without presenting a single proven case of harm from biotech crops, [the anti-GMO activists'] argument has collapsed ...
Viewpoint: Europe's globally important wine industry threatened by pesticide, biotech phobias

Viewpoint: Europe’s globally important wine industry threatened by pesticide, biotech phobias

“Make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly.” That's the lofty goal of the European Union's (EU) Farm to Fork Strategy, ...
Japan poised to approve first gene-edited food, tomato that fights high blood pressure

Japan poised to approve first gene-edited food, tomato that fights high blood pressure

Current genome-editing technologies are more efficient than ever before, making it possible to modify genes as if editing sentences on ...
Infographic: Crop biotech boosts farm productivity $225 billion, improving lives of millions globally

Infographic: Crop biotech boosts farm productivity $225 billion, improving lives of millions globally

More than 25 years have passed since the first biotech crops were introduced. Since then, genetically modified crops using biotechnology ...
Gene-edited, pollen-free cedar tree could help allergy sufferers breathe easier in spring

Gene-edited, pollen-free cedar tree could help allergy sufferers breathe easier in spring

It is said that 30% of people are suffering from pollinosis [hay fever]. Research on producing pollen-free Sugi [Japanese red cedar] ...
Podcast: Trans women in female-only sports; Men and women need distinct brain tumor therapies; Illegal GMOs in Peru

Podcast: Trans women in female-only sports; Men and women need distinct brain tumor therapies; Illegal GMOs in Peru

Should trans women be allowed to compete in female-only sports? It's a polarizing question with no easy answer in a ...
Viewpoint: Nobel Prize for CRISPR refutes anti-GMO activist rhetoric about crop gene editing

Viewpoint: Nobel Prize for CRISPR refutes anti-GMO activist rhetoric about crop gene editing

The year is coming to an end, and 2020 has popped a balloon filled with myths, untruths and lies deliberately ...
Molecular breeding accelerates disease-resistant crop production—needed more than ever in developing world

Molecular breeding accelerates disease-resistant crop production—needed more than ever in developing world

To adequately confront rapidly changing plant pests and diseases and safeguard food security for a growing population, breeders — in ...
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Viewpoint: Genetics and AI have launched an agricultural revolution. But ‘blind techno-optimism’ could have harmful consequences

Depending on who you listen to, artificial intelligence may either free us from monotonous labour and unleash huge productivity gains, ...
Latin American researchers use gene editing to develop new crops that benefit farmers and consumers

Latin American researchers use gene editing to develop new crops that benefit farmers and consumers

Latin American farmers are partnering with scientists to create new crop varieties using gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR-CAS 9 in ...
‘People always have, and likely always will, fear new things’: Why we still can’t buy AquaBounty's GM salmon

‘People always have, and likely always will, fear new things’: Why we still can’t buy AquaBounty’s GM salmon

An ordinary salmon could take three years to grow, while AquaBounty’s fish grows to full size in just eighteen months. What ...
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Viewpoint: GM crops could help slow climate change. Will environmental groups block their development?

A lot of environmentalists raise money talking about climate change, but their energy recommendations - mitigation, rationing, high cost - ...
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