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Biotechnology timeline: Humans have manipulated genes since the ‘dawn of civilization’

The history of biotechnology shows how humans have been manipulating nature for our benefit for a long time—and how modern ...
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Lab-made breast milk could ‘spell trouble’ for $45-billion infant formula industry

It won’t be easy to cell-culture breast milk in the lab. But early results are promising enough to spell trouble ...
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Genetic engineering key to developing COVID-19 vaccine

Scientists throughout the world are engaged in a herculean effort to develop a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus that has ...
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Fighting cancer by boosting the body’s immune system with genetically engineered bacteria

Our immune system can defeat cancer. Immune cells can directly attack cancer cells or produce proteins that don’t let tumors ...
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11 things to know about genetic engineering, including how it’s helping us fight disease

What are some interesting facts about genetic engineering, and why it is important? … Genetically engineered things are actually all ...
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Regulation and anti-GMO activism: Roadblocks on the way to saving the American chestnut tree

In traditional plant breeding .... farmers .... cross varieties with desired traits .... and select promising mixtures for sought-after qualities ...
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Plant virus that combats fungal pathogens may yield low-cost COVID-19 vaccine

A variety of scientists worldwide are changing their primary research focus these days with the aim to bring solutions for ...
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Gene from grass-dwelling fungus may help safeguard global wheat production against deadly disease

Wheat scab hits farmers with a double punch. The fungal disease, also known as Fusarium head blight, shrivels grain and ...
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Nutrient-fortified, drought-tolerant chickpea could provide sustainable protein source for India

Chickpea is a major source of protein for the people in India. It is grown mainly in semi-arid regions during ...
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Biotech sugar substitute that improves gut health could be coming soon

Cuba's Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) announced it has developed a biotech sweetener that the country can sell ...
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Can we engineer soldiers to be immune to chemical attacks?

Despite international bans, some countries, such as Syria, use deadly nerve agents against enemy soldiers and civilians. Existing treatments for these ...
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Mosquitoes engineered to resist dengue could become gene drive weapon against the deadly disease

Locked in a secure lab near Melbourne is the newest addition in the fight against dengue: genetically engineered mosquitoes that ...
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Religious beliefs shape our thinking on cloning, stem cells and gene editing

Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam react to new technologies in their own ways ...
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Futurist Jamie Metzl: How genetic engineering could help us live longer

Jamie Metzl is a technology and healthcare futurist and geopolitical expert, novelist, entrepreneur, media commentator, and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic ...
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CRISPR crops, precision medicine could fuel 17.2% annual growth in North American gene-editing research

"The growth of the genome editing market is primarily attributed to the rise in the production of genetically modified crops ...
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Viewpoint: Documentary ‘Modified’ peddles falsehoods about GMOs, pesticides and ‘corporate control’ of food

"Modified” is an elaborate lie about genetic engineering ...
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Genetic engineering, CRISPR and food: What the ‘revolution’ will bring in the near future

Genetic engineering and gene editing have the potential to radically transform our lives if they can overcome the objections of ...
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Podcast: The ‘what, how and why’ of GMOs, a crash course on genetic engineering

Agricultural scientists Karen Cox of West Virginia University and Dan Lima of Ohio State University offer a crash course on ...
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‘Synthetic biology doesn’t have to be scary’: It could offer us new medicines, biofuels and everything in between

Though hacking organisms and rearranging genomes may sound scary, there is definitely a Light Side to this narrative (a balance, ...
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Fat from gene-edited plants could make infant formula more nutritious, less expensive

A team from the Rothamsted Research center, UK, has developed plants capable of mass-producing fat molecules resembling those in human ...
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Podcast: Where did GMOs come from? The fascinating history of genetic engineering

Forget the headlines about ‘Frankenfoods’ - there's a much richer and more nuanced story to be told about the history ...
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Podcast: This GMO probiotic helps prevent hangovers—can it ease consumer fear of biotechnology?

There's nothing quite like a hangover. After a few too many drinks and a night of restless sleep, you wake ...
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Viewpoint: Crop biotech industry’s ‘poor communication’ fueled explosion of Non-GMO Project labels

Today in North America, the Non-GMO Project Verified logo is on over 50,000 food products that bring in more than ...
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‘Don’t try this at home’: New California law targets biohacking, do-it-yourself CRISPR

California wants to make it clear that tinkering with your own genes is a “don’t try this at home” sort ...
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‘GMOs are banned in Europe’ and 3 other popular biotech crop myths busted

“What do you wish people knew about GMOs that would completely surprise them?" ...
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‘Synthetic signalling networks’ between GMO plants, bacteria could boost crop yields

The root microbiota is critical for agricultural yield, with growth-promoting bacteria able to solubilize phosphate, produce plant growth hormones, antagonize ...
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Viewpoint: Genetically modified plants could produce drugs of the future—if we do more to encourage ‘pharming’

Politicians talk a lot about farming but seldom about “pharming,” even though the latter can also have a big impact ...
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Dessert of the future? This $20 a pint ice cream made with GMO yeast sells out in hours

Agri-tech start-up Perfect Day released a line of real ice cream made with lab-grown dairy that costs $20 a pint ...
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