CRISPR could help combat bovine tuberculosis—disease that costs farmers $3 billion annually

CRISPR could help combat bovine tuberculosis—disease that costs farmers $3 billion annually

Recombinetics announced [October 16] the launch of TARGET-TB, a tripartite collaborative research project with University College Dublin in the Republic ...
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Precision plant breeding could boost sustainable rice production 25 percent

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) [recently] announced a multi-year framework agreement on ...
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Viewpoint: Success of first ever gene-edited soybean exposes folly of EU’s hostility to crop biotech

In the US, genome-edited crops have been grown and harvested for the first time – soybeans with a changed and ...
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Viewpoint: It’s time to replace our fear-based genetic engineering regulations

In the early 1970s a group of scientists -- none involved in agriculture or food -- raised concerns about the ...
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Viewpoint: Europe has traded crop biotechnology for ‘faith-based’ agroecology

We are living in a new Dark Age in Europe where innovation and technology are being rejected at an alarming ...
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World’s most popular banana faces extinction. Can gene editing save it?

Suring the summer of 1989, Randy Ploetz was in his laboratory just south of Miami, when he received a package ...
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First ever gene-edited wheat that produces high fiber flour could hit the market by 2020

[The biotech firm Calyxt] has completed the inaugural harvest of its high-fiber wheat product, the world’s first gene-edited, consumer-focused wheat ...
Post-Brexit, UK should abandon EU's misguided biotech crop rules, researcher urges

Post-Brexit, UK should abandon EU’s misguided biotech crop rules, researcher urges

Failure to diverge from some aspects of EU regulation of crop biotechnology and new breeding techniques (NBTs) after Brexit will ...
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Viewpoint: New Zealand’s ‘Pig-headed’ biotech crop regulations threaten nation’s economy

There is a new agricultural-based green revolution beginning around the world, and it’s a technique you’ve probably heard of before: ...
Could gene editing overcome 'squeamishness' about GMOs and crop biotechnology?

Could gene editing overcome ‘squeamishness’ about GMOs and crop biotechnology?

Climate change is .... empowering a less familiar food foe: fungal pathogens. Molds and mildews thrive under increased precipitation and ...
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Video: Meet the gene-edited cows that could revolutionize beef production

On July 14, 2018 Genzelle, an Angus calf genetically engineered to withstand Brazil's high summer temperatures, was born. Cows like ...
Viewpoint: Costly regulations prevent consumers from enjoying benefits of biotech crops

Viewpoint: Costly regulations prevent consumers from enjoying benefits of biotech crops

[T]hree papers [recently published] from research groups around the world detail attempts to make a new type of super-tomato: one ...
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Europe stands alone in its ‘backward de facto ban’ of agricultural gene editing, European scientists warn

"We, as vice-chancellors of Swedish universities and higher education institutions, are very critical of a decision by the Court of ...
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Can EU regulators keep CRISPR-edited plants out of Europe?

[With] gene-editing scissors, or the CRISPR-Cas method .... DNA sequences can be removed from or added to cells. The target ...
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North American trade deal includes ‘science-based’ gene editing regulations

Farmers and agribusinesses welcomed the agreement on a new North American trade pact, easing fears that the Trump administration’s tough ...
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Plant domestication takes decades. With CRISPR it could take two years

Gene editing can speed up plant domestication, taming wild vines, bushes and grasses and turning them into new crops. Editing ...
Plant breeding evolution: How manipulating crops helped build civilization

Plant breeding evolution: How manipulating crops helped build civilization

Humans have been breeding plants for millennia. Our ancestors began to domesticate plants (and animals) at least 10,000 years ago, allowing ...
What CRISPR gene editing has taught us about the GMO debate

What CRISPR gene editing has taught us about the GMO debate

After decades of special interest groups raising unwarranted fears and misrepresenting every aspect of so-called “GMOs”, opponents of innovation in ...
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Video: How CRISPR gene editing can protect and improve our food supply

Following the July European Court of Justice decision to regulate gene-edited crops as GMOs, a debate over the costs and ...
UK officials say they will enact 'science-based' biotech crop regulations

UK officials say they will enact ‘science-based’ biotech crop regulations

[On September 14th] the I published an article regarding the future of gene editing following a letter from 30 leading scientists to ...
Experts press UK regulators for clarity on biotech crop regulations

Experts press UK regulators for clarity on biotech crop regulations

The John Innes Centre is today joining a call for the [UK] government to address the implications of a European ...
CRISPR gene editing speeds breeding of Cassava and other staple food crops

CRISPR gene editing speeds breeding of Cassava and other staple food crops

Cassava plays a big role as a staple food and a highly favored commodity in the multibillion starch industry. However, ...
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Predictability: Why there’s no reason to be looking for ‘unexpected surprises’ in GMO breeding

There's a big difference between "unintended" and "unexpected" effects from genetics and breeding, and regulators are looking for the wrong ...
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Using gene editing to improve animal welfare may calm public’s fear of biotech

Since the first genetically modified tomato hit the U.S. market in 1994, consumers have been suspicious of scientific tinkering with ...
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Viewpoint: EU’s new gene-editing rules show failure of scientific leadership

On 25 July 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that plants bred via recent mutagenesis techniques would fall ...
CRISPR-edited crops with better 'ventilation systems' could withstand climate change

CRISPR-edited crops with better ‘ventilation systems’ could withstand climate change

As the world heats up, plants face a dilemma -- the same tiny holes they have to open to exchange ...
Biotech experts push 'science-based review' of European court's ruling on gene-edited plants

Biotech experts push ‘science-based review’ of European court’s ruling on gene-edited plants

A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) classifies genome-edited plants as genetically modified organisms ...
Viewpoint: When it comes to CRISPR crop regulations, Europe must trust its biotech experts

Viewpoint: When it comes to CRISPR crop regulations, Europe must trust its biotech experts

The latest ruling by the European Court of Justice requires that crops created using gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR must ...