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Breeding heat-resistant livestock for a post-warming world: A worthy endeavor?

Evan Halper at the LA Times chronicles efforts to breed livestock that can endure a warming world ... but should ...

Black Swan author’s paper on precautionary GM food risks indulges in “fear mongering”

Recently, a paper on the precautionary principle in relation to genetically modified foods has been making rounds in the anti-GMO social media ...

Monsanto using biotech methods to speed up traditional breeding

Say the term “genetically modified organism,” or GMO, and you’re bound to get some strong opinions. But what is it? And should ...

Plant geneticist Paul Gepts says polarized GM discussion endangers innovation

Whether you call them transgenic, genetically engineered or GMO crops, the fever-pitched debate about Monsanto misses the bigger picture by ...
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Sleeping sickness treatment in focus after sequencing of tsetse fly genome

Scientists have sequenced the tsetse fly's genome, Jennifer Frazer at National Geographic reports, revealing promising targets in the fight against ...

If you believe GMOs are bad, read this

Agriculture might not strike you as humanity’s first scientific endeavor. Familiar images of farmers tilling their fields or cowboys tending ...

GMKnow responds to mutagenesis challenge, claiming process is ‘natural’

The proudly anti-GMO group, GMKnow, responded to the question I posed to them two days ago. I asked them why mutagenetic ...

Would making genetic resources “open source” reduce GMO controversy?

The creation of free software 30 years ago has had a profound effect on computing, and helped fuel the rise of the ...
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Debating GMOs: Anti Michael Pollan and plant scientist Pam Ronald break new ground with dialogue

Journalist Michael Pollan and plant geneticist Pamela Ronald set an important precedent when they convened the two sides of the ...

Did the Washington Post ‘overstate’ ‘marker-assisted’ breeding method?

A recent Washington Post article by Adrian Higgins, titled, “Trait by trait, plant scientists swiftly weed out bad seeds through marker-assisted breeding” ...

Shortages may trigger food wars by 2050

Within a few more decades, dire food shortages may lead to global-scale conflict, warned a top plant scientist in the ...
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GLP Infographic: How crops are modified–Are GMOs more dangerous?

A new GLP infographic reviews the four main ways in which crops have been genetically modified by humans: traditional breeding, ...
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Marker-assisted plant breeding: agricultural genetics without GMOs

Marker-assisted selection is a fancy way of saying plant breeders are using genetics to "preview" their crops and streamline the ...

Connecticut’s GM seed opposition is assault on science

To create high-paying jobs in Connecticut, economic development professionals often remind us that the future belongs to places that value ...

Organic’s rejection of GM foods is unfortunate ‘green’ food fad

Organic agriculture is a mainstay of the modern environmental movement. Proponents say organic food is better for the environment because ...
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Marker-assisted DNA screening results in new super hybrid crops in record time

Alan Krivanek, a tomato breeder for Monsanto, dons a white protective suit, wipes his feet on a mat of disinfectant ...

Strawberry not sweet? Blame its genetics

If you've ever bitten into a strawberry and wondered why it doesn't taste as sweet or as good as others ...
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Why you may not want to get off the couch to run: The skinny on genes and exercise

Genes underlie our ability to exercise, but for some, genes also appear to contribute to the irresistible urge to stay ...

China GMO debate mirrors US divide

On March 30, the Hainan Provincial Agricultural Department released a statement on its website, saying that nine corn and cotton ...
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Africa needs farming technologies to jumpstart Green Revolution

African governments need to invest in agricultural infrastructure and technology, and create a new Green Revolution for Africa ...
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GE technology is necessary, not just for potato blight

UK’s leading Permaculture author Patrick Whitefield and SkeptEco blogger Graham Strouts recently exchanged a few tweets about genetically modifying potatoes ...

Sterilized GM mosquitoes released in largest field test to combat dengue in Brazil

In Jacobina, a Brazilian farm town where legions of people have suffered from dengue fever, a campaign is fighting back, ...

10 realizations to change thinking about GMOs

When I first started learning about GMOs, my model was trans fats and vitamin supplements. We thought that we could ...
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Stine Seed flies under media radar but is patent backbone of biotech industry

Few outside of the biotech industry know Stine Seed Farm, a plant breeding and biotechnology group that develops germplasm for ...

GM mosquitoes can control mosquito menace, if politics doesn’t block development

Mosquito-borne diseases kill millions of people annually, and cause suffering for many more. It takes only one bite from a disease-carrying ...

Neanderthals and humans interbred longer than previously thought

Europeans may be closer to their Neanderthal cousins than was previously thought. Breeding with now-extinct Neanderthals is known to have ...
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Does the Union of Concerned Scientists’s Doug Gurian-Sherman misrepresent GMOs?

Do advances in conventional breeding make genetic engineering unnecessary? That's the controversial claim by Union of Concerned Scientist's Doug Gurian-Sherman, ...
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As FDA rejects mandatory GMO labeling, some ‘green’ groups advocate vandalism

FDA commissioner's science-based support for voluntary labeling of GMOs disappointed anti-GMO campaigners, some of whom are now advocating ripping up ...