Genome editing and synthetic biology are giving rise to new forms of life. But do these organisms have conservation value as part of earth's biodiversity?
Public health experts enlist the molecular biology tools that create genetically modified organisms – as well as the GMOs themselves – in the fight against emerging infectious diseases.
The concerns about genetically modified foods are well known. But when we look at population and climate projections, what happens if we don't use them to increase our food supply?
Burkina Faso, one of the largest GM cotton producers in the world, has begun a phase out of all Bt cotton production.
Adding a single wheat gene helps the American chestnut withstand a fungal pathogen that nearly wiped these hardwood trees out of the eastern forests they once dominated.
New research suggests how we could prevent genetically modified organisms from surviving - and potentially spreading - in the wild.
Since the heyday of retail bans on products containing genetically modified ingredients 15 years ago, the tide has been heading in the other direction.
We don't trust bacteria and we don't trust GM, so putting them together might be controversial. That's exactly what we're doing, though.