Talking Biotech

The Talking Biotech Podcast is dedicated to the topic of biotechnology. These powerful methods have been extremely useful in medicine and agriculture, and hold great potential for the future. Despite their promise, there is substantial skepticism in the public regarding these technologies. A food-secure population, a profitable fear-driven anti-biotech industry, and a lack of scientific literacy hinders application of these technologies from reaching those that could use them. The companies and scientists that understand biotechnology are not explaining it well to the concerned public.

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Talking Biotech: How Uruguay—major producer of GMO soy and corn—regulates GE crops

Talking Biotech: How Uruguay—major producer of GMO soy and corn—regulates GE crops

Uruguay biosecurity expert Alejandra Ferenczi: 'Regulate the uniqueness of the final food product and not genetic engineering' ...
Talking Biotech: Genetic engineering's role in breeding more disease resistant and nutritious potatoes

Talking Biotech: Genetic engineering’s role in breeding more disease resistant and nutritious potatoes

Michigan State's David Douches builds a better potato combining genetic engineering and traditional breeding ...
Talking Biotech: Naturally transgenic sweet potato can be tweaked to fight plant disease, boost nutrition

Talking Biotech: Naturally transgenic sweet potato can be tweaked to fight plant disease, boost nutrition

Plant virologist Jan Kreuze: Disease-resistant sweet potatoes could make nutritious, naturally GMO crop key tool to fight malnutrition ...
Talking Biotech: What's blocking GMO crop adoption in Africa?

Talking Biotech: What’s blocking GMO crop adoption in Africa?

Sociologist Matthew Harsh: Poor communication between Kenyan scientists, policymakers, farmers and anti-biotech activists slows GMO adoption ...
Talking Biotech: Why is the government not funding research into the most nutritious foods?

Talking Biotech: Why is the government not funding research into the most nutritious foods?

Journalist Helena Bottemiller-Evich explores the health impact of the government's meager research support for fruits, vegetables and nuts ...
Talking Biotech: Florida neurosurgeon Duane Mitchell on how genetic engineering opens doors in cancer fight

Talking Biotech: Florida neurosurgeon Duane Mitchell on how genetic engineering opens doors in cancer fight

Neuroscientist Duane Mitchell discusses genetically enhancing T-cells and other cutting edge cancer immunotherapies ...
Talking Biotech: What environmental hazards remain from accidental release of GMO grass seeds?

Talking Biotech: What environmental hazards remain from accidental release of GMO grass seeds?

Oregon State's Carol Mallory-Smith says transgene flow from Roundup Ready bentgrass to non-GMO grass species offers lessons for regulators ...
Talking Biotech: Should consumers fear use of hormones, antibiotics, trace chemicals and GMOs in our food?

Talking Biotech: Should consumers fear use of hormones, antibiotics, trace chemicals and GMOs in our food?

From marketers to activists, there is an effort to shame consumers over the use of modern technologies, such as genetic ...
Talking Biotech: GM corn blocks carcinogenic aflatoxins, could eliminate 'chronic health concern' in developing world

Talking Biotech: GM corn blocks carcinogenic aflatoxins, could eliminate ‘chronic health concern’ in developing world

Making corn safer: University of Arizona's Monica Schmidt on genetically engineering healthier food, arming plants with defenses to fight fungal ...
Talking Biotech: Habitat loss, parasitic mites — not GMOs, pesticides — prime culprits in butterfly, bee losses

Talking Biotech: Habitat loss, parasitic mites — not GMOs, pesticides — prime culprits in butterfly, bee losses

GMOs and pesticides are often blamed for pollinator losses. Recent research indicates that other factors are likely more important, says ...
Talking Biotech: Shoppers may soon be able to buy pre-sliced, tastier and more nutritious pears

Talking Biotech: Shoppers may soon be able to buy pre-sliced, tastier and more nutritious pears

Choosing when to eat a pear is notoriously difficult, for it quickly turns bad. Horticultural genomicist Amit Dhingra is working ...
Talking Biotech: Clay nanoparticles deliver plants gene-silencing virus-protecting RNA spray

Talking Biotech: Clay nanoparticles deliver plants gene-silencing virus-protecting RNA spray

Revolutionizing crop protection? Biotechnologist Neena Mitter on 'bioclay' — spray that protects plants from a virus using nanoparticles to deliver ...
Talking Biotech: Why broccoli, collard greens, kale and other brassica are like dog breeds

Talking Biotech: Why broccoli, collard greens, kale and other brassica are like dog breeds

University of Missouri biologist J. Chris Pires discusses the many vegetables that began as Brassica oleacea--wild cabbage ...
Talking Biotech: Fred Gould, chair of National Academies of Sciences GMO report, reaffirms safety of biotech crops

Talking Biotech: Fred Gould, chair of National Academies of Sciences GMO report, reaffirms safety of biotech crops

Fred Gould, chair of National Academies of Science review of biotech crops, reaffirms GMO safety and sustainability ...
Talking Biotech: Genetically engineering plants to resist disease

Talking Biotech: Genetically engineering plants to resist disease

Indiana University's Matt Helm on reworking pathogen sensors in plants to better detect, help fight off diseases ...
Talking Biotech: How plants can be tweaked to 'naturally' fight disease

Talking Biotech: How plants can be tweaked to ‘naturally’ fight disease

University of East Anglia's Jonathan Jones on how plants can be genetically modified to naturally fight diseases ...
Talking Biotech: Marketing expert Jay Baer's tips on communicating about GMOs

Talking Biotech: Marketing expert Jay Baer’s tips on communicating about GMOs

Marketing expert Jay Baer's tips on communicating about GMOs ...
Talking Biotech: Kentucky's Paul Vincelli, Florida's Kevin Folta: Drop 'GMO' to improve public discourse on biotech

Talking Biotech: Kentucky’s Paul Vincelli, Florida’s Kevin Folta: Drop ‘GMO’ to improve public discourse on biotech

Kentucky's Paul Vincelli, Florida's Kevin Folta: Drop 'GMO' to improve public discourse on biotech ...
Talking Biotech: Oxford's Greger Larson on how grey wolves evolved to become man’s most loyal companion

Talking Biotech: Oxford’s Greger Larson on how grey wolves evolved to become man’s most loyal companion

Oxford's Greger Larson on how gray wolves evolved to become man’s most loyal companion ...
Talking Biotech: Missouri’s Mel Oliver on the myth of GMO terminator genes

Talking Biotech: Missouri’s Mel Oliver on the myth of GMO terminator genes

Missouri’s Mel Oliver on the myth of GMO terminator genes ...
Talking Biotech: Kentucky plant scientist Mark A. Williams on how organic, conventional farming can work together to promote sustainability

Talking Biotech: Kentucky plant scientist Mark A. Williams on how organic, conventional farming can work together to promote sustainability

GreenGenes: Kentucky’s Mark A. Williams on organic and conventional farming working together to promote sustainability ...
Talking Biotech: Illinois’ Stephen Long on tweaking photosynthesis to help crop yields, climate

Talking Biotech: Illinois’ Stephen Long on tweaking photosynthesis to help crop yields, climate

Illinois’ Stephen Long on how tweaking photosynthesis could help yields and our climate ...
Talking Biotech: Florida’s Kevin Folta on anti-GMO groups scaring consumers about glyphosate in foods

Talking Biotech: Florida’s Kevin Folta on anti-GMO groups scaring consumers about glyphosate in foods

Florida’s Kevin Folta on anti-GMO groups scaring consumers about glyphosate in foods ...
Talking Biotech: Florida’s Kevin Folta debunks claims of glyphosate in food; Oregon State’s Shaun Townsend uses genetics to breed more flavorful beer hops

Talking Biotech: Florida’s Kevin Folta debunks claims of glyphosate in food; Oregon State’s Shaun Townsend uses genetics to breed more flavorful beer hops

Florida’s Kevin Folta debunks glyphosate in food claims; Oregon State’s Shaun Townsend uses genetics to breed more flavorful beer hops ...
Talking Biotech: Corn genetic expert Wisconsin's John Doebley on creating higher yields

Talking Biotech: Corn genetic expert Wisconsin’s John Doebley on creating higher yields

University of Wisconsin geneticist John Doebley on creating higher yielding modern hybrid corn ...
Nebraska agronomist Don Lee, Journey of a Gene co-creator, on how genetic engineering can address crop disease

Nebraska agronomist Don Lee, Journey of a Gene co-creator, on how genetic engineering can address crop disease

University of Nebraska's Don Lee, co-developer of 'Journey of a Gene', on how genetic engineering can address crop disease ...
Talking Biotech: 1000 Days' Lucy Martinez-Sullivan on using science to tackle poor nutrition in pregnant moms, infants

Talking Biotech: 1000 Days’ Lucy Martinez-Sullivan on using science to tackle poor nutrition in pregnant moms, infants

1000 Days' Lucy Martinez-Sullivan: Science, social awareness has reshaped nutrition for pregnant women, young children ...
Talking Biotech: University of Georgia's Peggy Ozias-Akins on genetically engineering peanuts to fight aflatoxin, allergies

Talking Biotech: University of Georgia’s Peggy Ozias-Akins on genetically engineering peanuts to fight aflatoxin, allergies

University of Georgia's Peggy Ozias-Akins on engineering peanuts to reduce allergies and presence of aflatoxin ...