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Organic industry opposes CRISPR gene editing to preserve its ‘natural’ farming methods

During a hearing earlier this summer, U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary Greg Ibach expressed interest in opening the discussion surrounding ...
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Gene silencing immunizes valuable food crops against deadly plant diseases

The defense of crops from new pathogens and parasites is one of the main challenges that the agriculture sector is ...
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Viewpoint: EU does world’s GMO, CRISPR crop research but blocks implementation while other nations benefit from the technology

The story of agricultural biotechnology in the EU started with high hopes and expectations 25 years ago, when Belgian Professor ...
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Sustainable bacon: CRISPR-edited pigs could survive deadly disease, but public support key to success

Genome editing could be a ‘key tool’ in improving the efficiency of UK pig production and could help in tackling ...
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Biotech startups challenge multinational seed company market domination with CRISPR

Inari, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, plans to use the total $144 million it has raised so far to develop crops ...
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World’s favorite banana faces extinction. Are GMOs, CRISPR the final hope?

The race to engineer the next-generation banana is on. The Colombian government confirmed [in August] that a banana-killing fungus has ...
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Viewpoint: How organic industry opposition to CRISPR gene editing encourages pesticide use

The organic food movement has a bigger problem than the double standard it relies on to attack synthetic chemicals ...
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Former EU food safety commissioner: Europe can’t afford to ignore the crop gene editing revolution

Debate on new breeding techniques is intense. Sometimes dubbed by their opponents as the “new GMOs” who raise concerns over ...
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CRISPR gene editing poised to streamline next ‘agricultural revolution,’ plant scientists say

As a growing population and climate change threaten food security, researchers around the world are working to overcome the challenges ...
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Organic Farmers Association rejects USDA offer to discuss benefits of CRISPR gene editing

Organic grower groups on Sept. 17 wrote they are strongly opposed to opening a formal dialogue about allowing gene-editing in ...
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Viewpoint: Activist myth-making, anti-science lobbying undermine Uganda’s path to food security

The president's trepidation about crop biotech is science-free and largely due to the influence of Western environmental groups ...
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‘Using Nature’s Shuttle’: Judith M. Heimann’s fascinating new book about how scientists learned to create genetically modified crops

Judith M. Heimann’s recent book [Using Nature's Shuttle] provides a thoroughly engaging account of how [the mystery of plant crown ...
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Podcast: A brief history of CRISPR gene-editing—and how it could change our food supply

Vegetables engineered with the gene-editing technology Crispr are moving closer to supermarket shelves. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided ...
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Viewpoint: GMO, CRISPR-edited crops can cut pesticide use—if environmental activists do not block them

Anti-GMO activists should take a step back and look closely at some of the benefits that new genetically modified crops ...
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CRISPR gene editing protects apples from orchard-destroying fire blight disease

The bacterium Erwinia amylovora, the causal agent of fire blight disease in apple, triggers its infection through the DspA/E effector ...
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Viewpoint: FDA animal gene-editing rules boost food waste, stifle US agriculture research

A proposed U.S. regulatory framework for how the FDA treats gene-edited livestock may do more than put U.S. livestock producers ...
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Cloning tool spots ‘foreign DNA,’ minimizes off-target changes with CRISPR gene editing

Researchers from Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain and Durham University in the UK developed a tried and tested cloning system ...
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‘Patchwork’ of global gene editing regulations will harm seed production, group warns

Failing to harmonize international regulations around the use of gene editing in agricultural production will hurt seed production globally ...
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Bacterial gene found in CRISPR-edited cow DNA raises new regulatory hurdles for animal gene editing

They were the poster animals for the gene-editing revolution, appearing in story after story. By adding just a few letters ...
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CRISPR and other new breeding techniques could be key to unlocking potential of global wheat production

Scientists and policy makers are calling for wider use of new breeding techniques ...
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Brazil plan to breed gene-edited dairy cattle on hold after bacterial DNA found in animal’s genome

Up until a few months ago, Brazil was all set to create the country’s first herd of genetically dehorned dairy ...
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CRISPR gene editing speeds efforts to breed disease-resistant wheat, cut nitrogen pollution

Researchers from around the globe gathered in Saskatoon [in August], focused on making wheat more efficient and sustainable using the ...
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CRISPR breathing new life into wheat and other crops—can it avoid GMO controversy?

The food industry is hopeful the new gene-editing technology can help create new crop variants without running into the activist ...
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Gene-silencing biopesticide targets harmful insects without threatening pollinators

A natural, sustainable alternative to pesticides that targets specific pests, without harming beneficial pollinators such as honeybees, is being developed ...
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CRISPR-edited wheat resists humidity damage, could yield higher quality flour

Scientists have created a rain-resistant wheat variety using genome-editing technology, a breakthrough that could lead to the development of higher-quality ...
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Viewpoint: Organic food movement ‘shoots itself in the foot’ by rejecting CRISPR gene editing

By making rejection of technology part of their 'brand,' organic food producers may put themselves at a severe competitive disadvantage ...
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UK aquaculture researchers welcome Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pro-GMO, CRISPR stance as Brexit proceeds

Some of the most progressive researchers in the UK’s aquaculture biotechnology sphere have welcomed Boris Johnson’s pledge to support the ...
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New Zealand’s Royal Society calls for updated CRISPR rules to accommodate gene-editing innovation

Genetic technologies such as gene editing are developing quickly and their cost is rapidly falling. This is creating new approaches ...