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Scientists try to reverse-engineer the tomato

The following is an edited excerpt. The modern supermarket tomato became damaged goods as part of the attempt to keep ...
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Media mangles latest biotech innovation—hornless cows

Despite exaggerated claims from various media outlets over the weekend, the innovations that led to the hornless dairy cow are ...

Scientists design ‘health and safety’ cow with no horns

The following is an excerpt. Researchers are using gene-editing techniques to insert a DNA patch into the genome of Holsteins, ...

Canada: Genetically modified food is welcome innovation

The following is an excerpt. Innovation is key to keeping Canada’s agricultural sector strong and science-based regulatory systems ensure that ...
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Greener than green: Biotech and the future of agriculture (Part I)

Here in the first of a two part series presented exclusively at the Genetic Literacy Project, Ramez Naam -- a ...

‘Gene-editing’ expected to develop disease-resistant breeds

The following is an excerpt. Scientists have developed a method of creating genetically modified animals that addresses one of the ...

Could peaches hold the secret to biofuel?

The following is an edited excerpt. Humans are attempting a second massive transformation of the plant kingdom. The first was ...

Disease-resistant tomatoes fight lethal pests

The following is an excerpt. In the battle against thrips, Cornell breeder Martha Mutschler-Chu has developed a new weapon: a ...

In vitro eugenics

Abstract A series of recent scientific results suggest that, in the not-too-distant future, it will be possible to create viable ...

Couch potatoes are genetically lazy

The following is an excerpt. Certain genetic traits may predispose people to being more or less motivated to exercise and ...

Wheat genome sheds light on its domestication, adaptation and modification

The following is an edited excerpt. Two manuscripts related to the ancestral wheat genomes of Triticum urartu andAegilops tauschii  provide an unprecedented glimpse ...

Can China really breed a crop of genetically selected geniuses?

The following is an edited excerpt. What if science offered a way to stack the odds in favor of a ...

“De-extinction” and the definition of species

The following is an excerpt. A bird that once darkened the skies of the 19th-century U.S. no longer exists, except ...

GMOs are one solution to an ancient puzzle

The following is an excerpt. For decades now, GMOs have been railed against for producing food aplenty, but at grave ...

Scientists sidestep genetic engineering in effort to develop hypoallergenic apples

The following is an edited excerpt. While apples rarely cause the same intense allergic reaction as more common allergens like ...
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New company will bring extinct species back from the dead

Two of biotechnology’s most prolific and far-sighted researchers say they’re teaming up to start a company that intends to rewrite ...

Scientists manufacture abnormally large ‘super cows’

The following is an edited excerpt. Did you know that some varieties of beef on the market today come from ...

Atomic gardening: Breeding plants with gamma radiation

The following is an edited excerpt. Did you know that the peppermint flavor in your chewing gum and toothpaste, and ...

Is China selectively breeding a new generation of genius babies?

The following is an excerpt. There's a provocative and somewhat disturbing article  over at Vice about China's recent foray into genetics and the country's ...
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Nitrogen-efficient crops: The holy grail of agricultural biotech?

Nitrogen fertilizers cost a tremendous amount of money, damage the environment, and drain the planet's resources -- and only about ...

GM crops defended

The following is an edited excerpt. Professor Wayne Parrott says those who oppose crop-biotechnology based on anti-science views should spend ...
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Twenty-year review: GM crops are safe

A review of two decades of research on transgenic crops has found transgenic crops no less safe than their traditional ...
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Should the government loosen ethical oversight of stem cell research?

When it comes to stem cell research, we’ve moved from an era of debating the ethics of a technology in ...

Agricultural policies have a huge impact on nutrition

The following is an edited excerpt. India’s efforts to fight malnutrition may not bear fruit unless there is greater focus ...

Golden promise: How ‘biofortification’ could soon be saving hundreds of thousands of lives

The following is an edited excerpt. Despite the rapid progress made towards reducing poverty in many developing countries in recent ...
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Bowman v. Monsanto is not about the save-the-seeds myth

If a farmer wishes to forgo the advantages of GM seed, he or she can simply use older, unrestricted crop ...
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The “BioPiracy” myth at the heart of the Monsanto case

Anti-GMO campaigners and some farmers claim that Monsanto and other corporations use their deep pockets and unfair patent laws to ...

We broke the tomato, and we’re using science to fix it

The following is an edited excerpt. Thanks to decades of breeding, the modern agricultural tomato has a lot of properties ...