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Why EU gene-edited crop rules may not be as ‘far-reaching’ as scientists fear

Gene editing is the biggest technical advance in bioscience since the discovery of “recombinant DNA” technology....[t]hat....led to the commercialization of ...
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Animal gene editing breakthrough: Bringing Angus beef raised from US cattle to Brazil

The gene-edited heat-tolerant Angus cow could be a very big deal in Brazil ...
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New database tracks development of CRISPR-edited plants to spur biotech crop innovation

Recently developed gene editing tools, such as CRISPR / Cas, allow plant scientists to discover the functions of innumerable plant ...
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Quest for disease and pest-resistant rice: Ugandan researchers turn to hybrid, GMO breeding programs

Key crop researchers are pushing for the development and eventual commercialization of GMO varieties tailored to suit Uganda's needs ...
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PR battle between biotech industry, anti-GMO activists could determine fate of CRISPR gene-edited crops

In the grocery store of the future, consumers might shop for tomatoes with the spiciness of a chili pepper....and bread ...
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Biotech experts say gene-edited plants will yield greater benefits than GMOs or conventional crops

Here we present the results of an expert survey on the added potential benefits of genome-edited crops compared to those ...
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How plant pollen could speed development of higher yielding CRISPR-edited crops

The genome editor CRISPR has transformed many areas of biology, but using this tool to enhance certain varieties of crops ...
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Viewpoint: Like it or not, technology is what gives us the crops that we eat

The “natural narrative” on food packaging is a complete fiction ...
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Biotech firm Calyxt launches soybean oil made from gene-edited soybeans

Calyxt, Inc. announced [on February 26] the successful commercial launch of its highly anticipated Calyno high oleic soybean oil, which ...
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EU’s prohibitive gene-editing rules spur unprecedented backlash from plant scientists, crop biotech firms

The controversial decision by the European courts [in July 2018] to regulate gene edited organisms as GMOs has already had ...
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USDA moves to streamline biotech crop approvals by updating 30-year-old regulations

USDA’s new regulation updating its plant biotechnology guidelines is being reviewed by [the Office of Management and Budget], suggesting it’s ...
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Nanotubes and CRISPR gene editing could make producing disease-resistant crops faster and cheaper

Inserting or tweaking genes in plants is more art than science, but a new technique developed by University of California, ...
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Animal gene-editing researchers leaving US to escape FDA’s ‘regulatory confusion’

In a few weeks, reproductive biologist Charles Long will travel from Texas to São Paulo, Brazil in search of collaborators ...
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Gene-edited disease-resistant animals could reduce poverty in Africa’s most vulnerable communities

A researcher in Edinburgh is leading efforts to develop gene-edited farm animals for poor farmers in Africa. Prof Appolinaire Djikeng ...
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Infographic: Are genetically engineered crops less safe than classically-bred food?

Crops and foods today are not what they used to look like. Farmers and plant breeders have been modifying plant ...
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Public opposition to promising CRISPR gene-editing technology is ‘tragic,’ biotech experts say

In one version of the future, beef and dairy animals are disease-free, fruits and vegetables are resistant to viruses, potatoes ...
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Podcast: Here’s why scientists don’t call genetically modified plants ‘GMOs’

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, and CRISPR – which stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, are used to ...
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Rebellion against Europe’s ‘innovation-killing’ crop gene editing regulations grows among scientists, frustrated member states

Will Europe continue to be a science backwater? Does gene editing have a future in this part of the world? ...
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With gene editing tightly regulated, little-known 1980s NASA experiments inspire new crop development in Europe

Last year’s European Court of Justice ruling makes gene editing....a form of genetic engineering....This will, of course, mean it’ll be ...
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CRISPR gene editing: Using ‘nature’s own tools’ to combat food waste and climate change

A new technique is sneaking in our lives, potentially changing the foods we eat every day. From growing resilient crops, ...
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New gene analysis technique identifies natural disease resistance in wheat to protect against fast-spreading stem rust

Stem rust has devastated wheat for centuries....Now a virulent strain is spreading from Africa. Even as wheat crops wither and ...
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‘Good enough to eat?’ Australian plant scientist battles ‘fake news’ about GMOs with new book

Scientists must speak out about the benefits of new genetic technologies such as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and gene editing, ...
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Inside Nigeria’s efforts to protect its cowpea harvest with nation’s first genetically engineered seeds

The release of the GM cowpea will significantly improve livelihoods. But not everyone is happy ...
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CRISPR used to fight virus hiding inside banana genome

Genome editing has been used to destroy a virus that lurks inside many of the bananas grown in Africa. Other ...
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Question of liability: Why researchers are worried about Uganda’s new biotech act

Uganda’s Genetic Engineering Regulatory Act has sent a cold chill down the spines of scientists who dream of creating new ...
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CRISPR could make wheat safe for people with Celiac disease

Research in the Netherlands and at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) in the UK has found that gene-editing ...
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Agriculture commissioner says EU must decide if ‘science or politics’ will drive gene-edited crop regulations

The European governments have to decide whether science or politics are applied when it comes to issues such as new ...
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Talking Biotech: Regulating gene-edited animals as drugs will stifle food innovation

Animal gene editing could revolutionize food production. But FDA regulation stands in the way ...