Synthetic biology has the potential to change how we do agriculture – but will the public accept it?
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.
Human eight cell embryo for IVF selection.
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Two researchers are impressed with a pioneering study showing that it may be both safe and effective to edit out diseases in human embryos.
Could genetic engineering one day allow parents to have designer babies?
William Isdale talks to Professor Julian Savulescu about the ethical implications of geneticaly modifying humans.
Editing DNA has the potential to treat disease by repairing or removing defective genes.
William Isdale speaks with University of Queensland Professor Peter Koopman about CRISPR technology.
Precision editing DNA allows for some amazing applications.
Researchers are starting to harness the potential of this much-hyped gene editing technique – with coming applications in medicine, biology and agriculture.
Gene drives could prove useful for controlling mosquitoes which spread diseases like malaria, dengue and zika virus.
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.
A few genetic tweaks can solve a lot of problems.
Genetically modified animals can help to feed the world's burgeoning population, but there is still a lot of misinformation concerning its safety.
Sorting pupae of genetically modified mosquitoes before release to the wild.
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.
GM: often assumed to be better.
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.
Gene editing allows us to eliminate any misspellings, introduce beneficial natural variants, or perhaps cut out or insert new genes.
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?
Genetic changes to embryos will not only affect the person that embryo becomes but also all their descendants.
While gene editing offers the exciting potential for disease therapies, using it on human embryos opens up a can of worms.
Can science help the developing world stave off a food crisis?
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.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes transmit dengue fever when enjoying blood meals.
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.
The genetic modification of humans make many people feel very uncomfortable.
The first case of genetically engineering a human embryo to cure a congenital disease is a technical breakthrough but raises troubling ethical questions.
In the future, our DNA could be different by design.
DNA by Seamartini Graphics/www.shutterstock.com
That genetic editing techniques have become as straightforward as they have poses questions for how we want them to be used.
Just because a product says it’s GM-free, it doesn’t mean GM organisms haven’t been used in the manufacturing process.
In this final instalment of GM in Australia – a series looking at the facts, ethics, regulations and research into genetically modified crops – Heather Bray and Rachel Ankeny explore the murky world of…