Gene Editing

Exploring gene drive’s role in fight against malaria

An international initiative has formed to ensure that gene drive technology gets a chance to prove its mettle in the ...
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Europe’s young farmers want to use latest sustainability tools—including gene editing

Young farmers’ organization, the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA), took a generally positive but cautious view on the Commission’s ...
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Pesticide fears spark winegrower interest in CRISPR-edited, disease-resistant grapes

According to a study conducted in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, wine grapes were first domesticated around 8000 ...
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Support for crop gene editing in UK, Europe grows as legislators aim to expand sustainable farming

Asked about the potential for biotech and gene editing in the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), the EU’s new flagship ...
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CRISPR could cut development time for high-yielding seeds by 5-10 years

Crop hybrid technologies have contributed to the significant yield improvement worldwide in the past decades. However, designing and maintaining a ...
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Comprehensive pig genomes could advance animal gene editing—and help produce more bacon

For the first time, scientists have decoded the whole genetic make-up of pigs in a development that they say will ...
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CRISPR might save Cavendish bananas from extinction—but would it be a long-term solution?

Supermarket shelves may still be stocked chock-full of bananas, but the industry is growing increasingly alarmed. The fungal disease [TR-4], ...
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GMO insect-resistant Bt prevents cancer and saves farmers up to $167 million per year, study shows

Previous field studies have reached no collective consensus on whether Bt corn, the most commonly planted transgenic crop worldwide, has ...
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How biotech-wary regenerative agriculture movement can benefit from CRISPR gene editing

The link between biotech and conventional farming will no doubt cause many regenerative agriculture purists to balk at the idea ...
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As temperatures rise, gene editing helps climate proof the global food supply

“The largest single global change that threatens food security is high temperature,” said Donald Ort, a professor of plant biology ...
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Gene editing could help safeguard $400 million worth of wheat during coldest winter months

Up to $400 million worth of grain is lost during winter in Western Australia each year when cold conditions freeze ...
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Genetic engineering could tackle crop growth barriers that promote hunger in developing nations

Using potatoes and cassava plants, along with other species such as tomato, rice, and cotton as models, [researchers have] identified ...
As rising oceans encroach on arable land, gene editing, floating farms may help feed the world

As rising oceans encroach on arable land, gene editing, floating farms may help feed the world

A soil biologist and co-director of the University of Sheffield’s Institute for Sustainable Food, [Duncan] Cameron had long known that ...
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CRISPR 2.0: New gene-editing tools offer plant breeders greater precision

There is no best, only better. This seems truly the case in the history of genome editing technology. When the ...
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CRISPR bacon: Gene editing could help supply high-quality pork and eliminate pig castration

It was in June 2019 that the birth of a specific batch of gene-edited piglets was announced to the world ...
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UK biotech firm poised to test disease-resistant CRISPR bananas and coffee in South America

Norwich food-tech firm Tropic Biosciences is set to push the development of its gene-edited bananas and coffee into field trials ...
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USDA approves Calyxt’s second-generation gene-edited soybean with healthier oil profile

Calyxt, Inc, a plant-based technology company, announced [June 3] that its high oleic low linolenic (HOLL) soybean has been deemed ...
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As CRISPR crops become more common, don’t throw GMOs under the bus, scientists warn

Farmers and scientists may be tempted to throw transgenic crops in the trash. The technology, which has provided benefits to ...
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Viewpoint: CRISPR crop revolution provides counterpunch to ‘misinformation’ promoted by anti-GMO campaigners

Gene-edited crops usually can't be distinguished from conventionally-bred varieties. Opponents of NBTs may never comprehend this basic lesson of plant ...
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Gene editing makes farming more sustainable—and it can do the same for forestry

A company founded by two NC State researchers is setting out to revolutionize the forestry industry by combining insights from ...
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New gene-editing technique eliminates GMO ‘delivery vehicle’ for CRISPR crops

Despite evidence that demonstrates genetically-modified crops are as safe as crops produced through traditional breeding, sections of the public remain ...
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Gene editing could help protect billions of ash trees from deadly Emerald Ash Borer

Billions of ash trees could be rescued from a killer beetle through cross-breeding with more resistant varieties and gene editing, ...
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Biotech potatoes: A case study of how genetic engineering can improve our food supply

To help demonstrate the power of biotechnology, consider the following analogy: Imagine you have two decks of cards, one red ...
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Could CRISPR turn nutritious but unpopular vegetables into flavorful snacks?

You probably know that kale is packed with antioxidants and other nutrients and that you should be eating more of ...
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Viewpoint: Why GMOs? Biotechnology yields a drought-tolerant rice that conventional breeding couldn’t produce

“Photosynthesis: a feat of chemical engineering underpinning creation’s entire cathedral.” ― Richard Powers, The Overstory ...
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Non-GMO gene editing: New technique edits plant DNA without use of ‘foreign’ bacterial genes

An NC State researcher has developed a new way to get CRISPR/Cas9 into plant cells without inserting foreign DNA. This ...
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Viewpoint: Crop gene editing can speed post-Brexit UK’s COVID-19 economic recovery

Economic recovery after COVID post-Brexit will need the UK to be able to develop existing industries in new markets, fast ...
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Can the gene editing technology known as CRISPR help reduce biodiversity loss worldwide?

CRISPR “could be such an amazing tool if we are respectful [and] responsible and use it properly.” ...