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CRISPR bacon: Disease-resistant pigs could save pork producers billions of dollars annually

Chinese scientists have produced a pig species that can resist three major infectious diseases plaguing the animal using gene-editing technology, ...
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Viewpoint: Europe must abandon ‘fear of progress’ to defeat anti-science chemophobia

A site like European Scientist has one hope: that the 2020s will be the decade of renewal for European scientific ...
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China could crack down on fall armyworm pest invasion with GMO insect-resistant Bt corn

Due to its wide host range, high reproductive and dispersal capacity, the fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith), which ...
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Civilization inflection point? China posed to pass US as world leader in biotechnology

China is edging forward as a world leader in the biotech sector, one expert said. “Biotechnologies, including synthetic biology, are ...
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China approves imports of 125 GMO crops, animal drugs following strict safety reviews

The five corn and three soybean species have characteristics such as resistance to pests and weed killers. They will only ...
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China demands DNA from millions of men and boys, raising questions about privacy and consent

[China’s police force has] swept across the country since late 2017 to collect enough samples to build a vast DNA ...
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China approves imports of two GMO soy varieties, green lighting production in Argentina

China has approved the import of two new genetically modified (GM) soybean varieties, including one developed by local firm Beijing ...
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Genetic analysis unravels East Asia’s history, highlighting migration of early farmers

Ancient genomics is starting to unravel the history of East Asia. The first large-scale studies of ancient human genomes from ...
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China’s latest outbreak sparks concerns over dangerous coronavirus mutations

Chinese doctors are seeing the coronavirus manifest differently among patients in its new cluster of cases in the northeast region ...
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Plant-based beef ingredients from China may hurt Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat sales

While America's biggest beef and pork producers were nearly laid low in April by COVID-19 cases in their workforce, sales ...
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Coronavirus outbreak fuels surging plant-based meat demand in China

Demand for plant-based protein foods is surging in Asia, suppliers say, as suspicion over possible links between wild animal meat ...
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Beyond Meat debuts plant-based menu options in China’s just-reopened Starbucks, KFC locations

As China reopens restaurants and cafes, more plant-based "fake" meat products are popping up on menus. On [April 22], Beyond ...
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Podcast: Coronavirus ‘antidote’ from recovered patient blood? Did the virus escape from a lab? Anti-science activism causes needless harm

While political leaders and scientists speculate that coronavirus is beginning to loosen its grip on the world, hospitals are considering ...
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Human trials underway on 2 coronavirus vaccines in China

China has started clinical trials on two potential COVID-19 vaccines, the country's official state-run press agency reported citing the State ...
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Drones, big data and AI help China’s farmers weather the coronavirus pandemic

The Covid-19 or coronavirus outbreak has led to an economical standstill worldwide. Agriculture is no exception. China’s agricultural industry is ...
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Dealing with ‘confusing directives’, US doctors seek coronavirus advice from Chinese counterparts

Now, fed up with what they see as inadequate and confusing directives from public health authorities, many physicians are trying ...
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China will test African swine fever vaccine on 10,000–20,000 pigs to ensure it won’t spread virus

Researchers in China have developed an experimental vaccine that can protect pigs for life from a lethal virus that has ...
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Podcast: Coronavirus—what it is, how it spreads and the surprising ways it might be treated

SARS-CoV-2, a novel coronavirus first detected in China in January, is emerging as a significant threat, with just under 128,000 ...
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Agricultural effects of Coronavirus: China’s industry slowdown threatens US access to pesticides and fertilizers

The ripple effect of the Coronavirus in China is being reported in the supply of active ingredients and fertilizers. Exactly ...
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China develops African swine fever vaccine to curb disease that’s nearly halved its pork production

China’s Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, the country’s top research body on animal diseases, said it developed an African swine fever ...
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Assessing coronavirus media coverage: Too late, too alarmist, and too much censorship

Few Western media outlets are getting this one right ...
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Drought-tolerant GMO wheat boosts yields up to 22% in field trials, while drought-tolerant soy could launch in 2020

During the latest harvest, drought-tolerant wheat yielded up to 22.1% more, according to tests conducted on 395 hectares, [the biotech ...
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Searching for answers in the genome of China’s mysterious coronavirus

As public health officials respond in real-time to the unfolding of the outbreak, so too are scientists. Just one month ...
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Is China’s mysterious virus a ‘global health emergency’? 6 things to know about the outbreak

Just three weeks ago, China announced the outbreak of a mysterious new virus in the city of Wuhan involving a ...
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China issues safety approvals for herbicide-tolerant, insect-resistant corn and soybean, paving the way for local GMO crop cultivation

China’s agriculture ministry issued biosafety certificates on [Jan. 21] for domestically grown, genetically modified (GM) corn and soybean traits, moving ...
US-China deal reduces trade barriers for GMO crops, says USDA's Sonny Perdue

US-China deal reduces trade barriers for GMO crops, says USDA’s Sonny Perdue

U.S. Secretary Perdue issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed the historic Phase One Trade Agreement between ...
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Skeptical meat eaters and complex regulations could slow Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat expansion into China

Over the last couple of years, Impossible Foods and its main rival, Beyond Meat, have gone from start-ups with niche ...
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Rapid genetic sequencing marks key step in China’s efforts to contain mysterious new viral outbreak

Chinese scientists have recovered a previously unknown virus from an infected individual and generated a full genetic sequence of it, ...