GMOs are today’s kiwis

In the 20th Century, a new food was introduced to the human diet. Grown by farmers in New Zealand without ...
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GMOs “no longer a Pandora’s box”–Key tool to meet soaring food needs

The NGO Biosciences for Farming in Africa has produced a collection of essays focused on "how will we be able ...

With risks and rewards, GMOs are here to stay

I recently learned my kids’ favorite cereal, Cheerios, is full of GMO ingredients. Learning this made me wonder how common ...

Hawaii County GM papaya grower challenges GMO/pesticide restriction ban

An unnamed farmer filed a lawsuit seeking relief from requirements of Hawaii County’s recently enacted ban on genetically modified crops ...
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Horshoe crabs bleed for biomedicine

The bright blue blood of horseshoe crabs is a biomedical treasure, but harvesting the blood of these unique creatures seems ...

Biology Fortified profile: Do GMOs and sustainability go together?

Started on Halloween of 2008, Biofortified.org pooled together the work of various scientists who were frustrated by the environmental movement’s entire approach ...
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Can farmers reduce toxic agricultural chemicals by tricking pests with pheromone-producing biotech plants?

Pesticides are necessary evil in farming, and are likely to remain so. But what if we could replace some of ...

Cornell scientist: Exaggerated caution slows adoption of GM crops

In normal science, risk has a precise but deceptively simple meaning: risk equals the probability of some hazard. Anyone booking ...

Southern sugar cane industry, threatened by deadly fungus, look to GMO solution

Brown rust fungus poses a serious threat to Louisiana's nearly $1 billion sugarcane industry. Thanks to funding from the American ...

DNA screening helps find the best guide dogs

Researchers in Hokkaido have developed a way to test slight differences in the DNA of young dogs to screen their ...
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More risk from conventional breeding than with genetic modification

Fred Gould, an entomologist at North Carolina State University, used Lenape potatoes as an example of risk and uncertainty. Often, people frame ...
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Evaluating competing claims about genetically modified crops

The arguments for and against GMOs began at the technology's inception, in the 1980s, and have changed little since. But ...

Sorry Greenpeace, Golden Rice is a win for nutrition and health

Greenpeace’s stand on golden rice is rather cynical and their article in support of their position offers bad science. It ...

Is it wrong to try to breed out breast cancer?

Breast cancer is the latest disease being bred out of families through preimplantation genetic diagnosis – an embryo screening test ...
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On GMOs, France becoming scientific backwater

France does not walk in the footsteps of Norman Borlaug. Half a century of rising farm productivity has let France ...

Desire changes everything, and it’s genetic

Fairbanks, Alaska native Lance Mackey knew all about performance sled dogs, and nursed a burning desire to breed and race ...

Is mutagenesis (e.g. organic Ruby Red grapefruits) the next target of anti-GMO groups?

Altering the genetic makeup of plants with gamma radiation or chemicals is considered a traditional breeding technique in the United ...

Study of chicken genetics might help in the fight against hunger and poverty in Africa

Animal science faculty members at Iowa State University are studying the genetic makeup of chickens in Africa in an effort ...

Copenhagen Zoo euthanizes a giraffe because they don’t need its genes

Marius, a healthy 2-year-old male giraffe living at the Copenhagen Zoo has been euthanized; his body cut up and fed ...

Got pot? Cannabis genome map could lead to new medicines, industrial products

It's called the Cannabis Genomic Research Initiative and it's being led by 37-year-old Nolan Kane, an assistant professor with Colorado ...

Why France remains a global GMO laggard

A notable piece titled France Fails Science Test was recently published in Cosmos by Marcel Kuntz, John Davison and Agnes E. Ricroch, three plant ...
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What does the future hold for the sharp European-US divide over GMOs?

Thirty years of experience has not simplified or eased the tensions over the need for genetically modified foods that divides ...
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One-fifth of Neanderthal genome persists in modern human genome

By piecing together the fragments of Neanderthal DNA in the modern genome, researchers found that the stocky hunter-gatherers gave us ...

Dog DNA test can be full of surprises

In 2005, the Dog Genome Project was mapped out, making it possible to see the differences in the DNA of ...

Would you prefer to eat genetically modified eggs, or see day-old chicks destroyed?

World egg production industries rely on a single sex only (female), with the males generally disposed of by carbon dioxide ...

An example of how much pesticides have changed

The pesticides that farmers use to protect their crops have changed a great deal over the last few decades. While ...

Grist for the genetic engineering mill

A “what I’ve learned about GMOs” (“genetically modified organisms”) end-of-the-year column by Nathanael Johnson, Grist’s food writer, would ordinarily not warrant much attention ...

China vows ‘active, cautious’ GMO food stance

With the safety certificates for China's GMO rice and corn expiring soon, the country will take an "active and cautious" policy ...
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