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Anti-GMO Russia joins global CRISPR ‘bonanza,’ investing $1.7 billion in gene-edited crop research

Russia is embracing gene-editing. A 111-billion-rouble (US$1.7-billion) federal programme aims to create 10 new varieties of gene-edited crops and animals ...
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CRISPR, lab-grown meat boost sustainable farming amid fears of biodiversity loss

A global panel of scientists representing more than 130 nations [recently] released the summary of their Global Assessment Report on ...
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Argentina, Brazil, Canada, US call for ‘science-based’ biotech crop import rules to prevent global trade disruptions

The Ministers of Agriculture from Argentina, Brazil, Canada and the United States highlighted that food demand is rising while agricultural ...
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Chemical-free gene silencing poised to ‘naturally’ target disease pests that cause $130 billion of annual crop damage

An estimated $130 billion worth of crops are lost every year to diseases caused by nematodes. Targeting the harmful nematodes ...
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Podcast: Will consumers embrace CRISPR-edited crops even though they are not regulated as GMOs?

The company Calyxt, just outside St. Paul, Minn., wanted to make a new kind of soybean, with oil that's a little ...
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Genetically engineered trees could save our forests—but it won’t be an easy fix

A biotech tree could simultaneously increase and decrease the wildness of a forest ...
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May election offers Europe chance to embrace gene editing and ‘smart agriculture,’ boost sustainable farming

On May 26, Europeans will be able to vote to elect new MEPs. This election will no doubt provide an ...
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Viewpoint: The ‘thrilling’ innovations that ushered in the biotechnology revolution may not be enough to combat the huge anti-GMO propaganda machine

Scientists need to promote and defend the relevance of their science, even after it has left their lab ...
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FDA hires staff to streamline biotech animal evaluation amid calls for USDA regulation take over

The FDA has expanded its capacity to handle scientific and risk-based evaluation of biotech animals, the agency’s acting commissioner said ...
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CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing unlikely to cause off-target mutations in plants, study shows

CRISPR-Cas9 enabled genome engineering has great potential for improving agriculture productivity, but the possibility of unintended off-target edits has evoked ...
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Genetically modified Arctic Fuji apple headed for grocery stores following FDA approval

Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., developer of genetically modified non-browning apples, on April 26 received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval ...
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‘Excessive’ regulations fuel unjustified consumer fear of CRISPR-edited crops, biologists warn

A Washington Post article, “The Future of Food,” discussed the methods we use to breed food crops but suffered from ...
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Washington Post: CRISPR-edited crops require careful oversight and regulations to calm consumer food safety concerns

Thanks to a cutting-edge technology called gene editing, scientists can now turn plant genes “on” and “off” almost as easily ...
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Viewpoint: 300 scientists say FDA’s plan to regulate CRISPR-edited animals as drugs will effectively shut down innovation

This proposed regulatory approach for genome editing in animals will make it cost prohibitive for both U.S. researchers and livestock ...
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Danish Council of Ethics urges EU to revamp GMO rules—’very new stance’​ for Denmark

The Danish Council of Ethics recommends that legislation regarding the approval of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) be changed to help ...
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Taming wild plants with CRISPR gene editing in quest to find new foods

A pilot project with groundcherries demonstrates the huge potential in gene editing wild plants for food ...
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Australia adopts relaxed CRISPR gene-editing rules, ‘middle ground’ between US, EU extremes

The Australian government will not regulate the use of gene-editing techniques in plants, animals and human cell lines that do ...
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CRISPR could save banana, major food source for 500 million people, from deadly disease, climate change

CRISPR/Cas9‐based genome editing is offering new hope for protecting a critical food security crop by developing climate-smart banana varieties. Research ...
With its biotech scientists forced overseas, New Zealand should rethink strict GMO rules, official says

With its biotech scientists forced overseas, New Zealand should rethink strict GMO rules, official says

New Zealand has a proud history of innovators and pioneering entrepreneurs who have turned ideas into world-beating businesses. It is ...
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Geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam: The biotech advocate anti-GMO groups ‘love to hate’

Facing a tide of anti-GMO activism, [UC Davis animal geneticist Alison] Van Eenennaam has taken it upon herself to advocate ...
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CRISPR-edited wheat could cut China’s toxic weed killer use

Chinese farmers are facing worsening problems with jointed goatgrass (Aegilops tauschii) – a close relative to wheat – growing in ...
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Biotech firms rush to enter CRISPR crop market to meet global food demand

Agriculture technology (“agtech”) companies of all sizes are vying to enter commercial food markets. [In March] when news broke about ...
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CRISPR-edited ‘super plants’ might be our best chance to slow climate change

If this were a film about humanity’s last hope before climate change wiped us out, Hollywood would be accused of ...
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Viewpoint: Ghana’s anti-GMO groups urged to embrace gene editing technology

Scientists are urging Ghana’s anti-GMO groups to embrace gene editing technology to help ensure a more effective and productive agricultural ...
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Domestication ‘reboot’: CRISPR gene editing turns wild plants into desirable fruits and vegetables

Early in the 20th century, a strange tomato plant took root in the northeastern United States. Because of a random ...
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Deciphering US plans for regulating biotech animal breeding

An overview of the regulation of biotech breeding as it relates to animals, covering some open and unsettled issues.  ...
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Belgium permits CRISPR-edited corn field trial, halted after landmark EU court decision, to continue

On April 12, 2019 [the Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie in Belgium] was granted a permit for its field trial with ...
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Why scientific arguments won’t end Europe’s opposition to CRISPR-edited crops

John van der Oost....is a microbiologist at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. His research in the late 1990s contributed to ...