Mosquitoes love sugar – so much so that can delay their search for our blood. Now, their sweet tooth may have revealed an important genetic weapon against the spread of mosquito-borne disease.
Scientists are in a race to genetically engineer a new plant resistant to a devastating disease that is threatening to wipe out the banana.
The fight against malaria needs scientific innovation. But community buy-in is just as important.
Synthetic biology is highly promising – but if we don't get the regulation and engagement right, we risk alienating members of the public, and may even close doors for potentially fruitful research.
Genetic modification rules now cover gene edited crops but exclude plants bred traditionally with the same properties.
Two researchers are impressed with a pioneering study showing that it may be both safe and effective to edit out diseases in human embryos.
William Isdale talks to Professor Julian Savulescu about the ethical implications of geneticaly modifying humans.
William Isdale speaks with University of Queensland Professor Peter Koopman about CRISPR technology.
Researchers are starting to harness the potential of this much-hyped gene editing technique – with coming applications in medicine, biology and agriculture.
A broad process of communication and consultation should be initiated before gene drives are applied to control pests and diseases in Australia.
New research pinpoints the genes that could counteract decades of bland breeding.
Science and technology has always helped us feed the world. GM has more to offer, if we let it.
Genetically modified animals can help to feed the world's burgeoning population, but there is still a lot of misinformation concerning its safety.
Insecticides and mosquito nets only get you so far. Synthetic biologists are ready to take the battle against mosquito-borne disease to the level of DNA – which might spell the insects’ ultimate doom.
New research suggests how we could prevent genetically modified organisms from surviving - and potentially spreading - in the wild.
The solutions presented by GM crops are rarely tested against the other options. Take a look at our philosophy of farming and it all starts to make sense.
Should the gathering of experts from around the world that's considering the scientific, ethical, and governance issues linked to research into gene editing ring alarm bells?
While gene editing offers the exciting potential for disease therapies, using it on human embryos opens up a can of worms.
The challenges of feeding a hungry planet are many. Gene editing crops to be more productive, nutritious or hardy could help, but concerns about GMOs abound.
Annihilate the Aedes aegypti mosquito population and you'd stop dengue fever from infecting up to 100 million people worldwide annually. Here are some high-tech methods under development.