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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 ...
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FDA meetings on ‘3-parent’ IVF, gene manipulation continues

As the FDA takes on the controversial issue of mitochondrial manipulation and gene therapy, ethical issues arise. Critics and proponents ...
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Ancient genetics may lead to future treatment for gout

We're susceptible to gout because of a mutated gene in humans and other primates that prevents us from producing uricase, ...
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Three parent baby debate: FDA ponders mitochondrial manipulation and, perhaps, germline modification too

Next week, the Food and Drug Administration is meeting to consider how a very controversial new form of assisted reproduction ...
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Hey biotech pioneers, life is more than a DNA sequence

Biotech pioneers like Craig Venter might not understand the differences between digital computer code and genomics and the dangers that ...
Rose scented trees? Genetic modification could create safe chemical factories

Rose scented trees? Genetic modification could create safe chemical factories

A Washington State University project aims to turn poplars into factories for premium chemicals like 2-phenylethanol, which is what gives ...

Why genetically engineering microbes to make biofuel failed

Biotech company LS9 launched in 2005 with great ambitions: founded by premier scientists and top-flight venture capitalists, it planned to ...
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Emerging tools for synthetic biology in plants

Despite the serious complexity of multicelluar organisms, synthetic biology in plants has been progressing rapidly. This editorial examines the way ...
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Synthetic biology companies shift to making food additives and fragrances

The synthetic biology industry is looking to expand into creating food additives and fragrances, which could be very lucrative but ...
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Misplaced fears of identical diseases links anti-GMOers to anti-technology fringe groups

GMOs, vaccines, chemtrails, fluoride, all have remarkably similar suites of disease "side effects" according to anti-technology critics. The same scare ...
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British biotech company focuses on creating cellular factories

Imagine bacteria that eats pollution in water or can recycle gold from electronics -- the scope of synthetic biology is ...
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DNA may be the best way to preserve data

Recording media and storage devices last decades, but DNA stores information for thousands of years. Maybe we should store our ...
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Simple genetic modification could restore American chestnut to dominance

Scientists have found a simple genetic modification to revitalize the American chestnut, but now the question remains: should they be ...
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Synthetic biology research could be impacted by Nagoya Protocol

A new report shows the uncertainty surrounding the Nagoya Protocol, passed by the UN in 2010, could impact American research ...
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Promise and peril of synthetic biology

Work in the field of synthetic biology creates a dual use ethical dilemma--the techniques that help us learn to cure ...
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GE regulation: More may be necessary, but need not inhibit innovation

Products such as corporate GM crops, which use a new branch of genetic engineering known as synthetic biology, have been ...
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First lab-grown burger: Groundbreaking, a bit bland, and definitely not GM

The worlds first lab-grown burger, made from muscle stem cells, was cooked and eaten in London. Despite technically delivering on ...
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Mammoth cloning: Big animal, big ethical concerns

Theoretically, mammoths could be cloned by recovering, reconstructing or synthesizing viable mammoth DNA but some object to “deep” human intervention ...
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DNA superstorage: Apocalypse-proofing the world’s data

In terms of information density, DNA outclasses anything we’ve been able to invent. Two scientists think all the world's information ...
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Scientist create stem cells without genetic manipulation

Scientists demonstrate a new way to reprogram adult tissue to become cells like embryonic stem cells, without using genes ...
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‘Natural food’ fallacy: “Waiter, there’s a gene in my soup!”

Plant biotechnologist Jimmy Botella busts the naturalistic fallacy and reveals the reality of our "unnatural" natural food supply ...
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Call to action: Grist reevaluates crop biotechnology; It’s time the rest of journalism does too

Grist is taking a bold step in reevaluating its anti-GE stance. It's the latest in many milestones for reason and ...
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UK joins project to make first synthetic eukaryote

UK researchers join a project to create the first synthetic eukaryote: designer yeast ...
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Monsanto wants to help honeybees fight mites with biotech

A new weapon in that fight to save honeybees could be RNA molecules that kill a troublesome parasite by disrupting ...
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Glow-in-the-dark nightmares: Anti-synthetic biology campaigners play hysteria card

In the minds of those who fear synthetic biology, a project to create plants which naturally glow—what should be seen ...
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Far-fetched ethical questions that are about to get real

Science fiction's favorite moral quandaries are suddenly pressing concerns ...
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Synthetic blood may introduce a host of complications

The pending arrival of synthetic blood is likely to come with some serious socioeconomic and ethical issues ...

Synthetic blood trial liscenced in Scotland

The following is an excerpt. Researchers based at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) in Edinburgh hope to use ...