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.
Sequencing the tea plant's genome could help scientists breed new varieties that thrive in the degrading soil of tea farms.
New research pinpoints the genes that could counteract decades of bland breeding.
Genetically modified crops.
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?
GMOs may very well have filled up that syringe.
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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.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are at the center of Zika virus’ spread.
Look beyond transgenic techniques that add new genes to a species. People have used selective breeding techniques to change plants and animals for millennia – why not try them on mosquitoes?
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Everything from domesticated carrots to glow-in-the-dark tobacco fits somewhere on the spectrum. 'Banning GM' isn't a simple yes-no decision.
We’re talking about a lot of seeds.
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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?
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.
The genetically modified salmon (rear) grows twice as fast as a non-GM fish.
The US food authority may have approved GM salmon for our consumption, but it may take time before any appear in our stores.
Genetically modified soybeans.
Scientists are developing GM crops that don't need pesticides and other chemicals to help them grow. Isn't that what organic farmers want too?
New research suggests how we could prevent genetically modified organisms from surviving - and potentially spreading - in the wild.
Voting with their feet: many supermarkets already stock goods with GMO labeling, which a House bill would stop.
Statewide survey in Vermont finds GM food labels don't scare consumers or indicate an inferior product. In some cases, labels built trust in the technology.
South African’s maize crops are an example of a GMO crop.
Only a few African countries are using genetically modified organisms for their crops.
These Monsanto protesters don’t want GM food on the menu.
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Major survey shows how attitudes towards GM food in Europe depend on gender, background and profession.
India has been sweltering recently – but plants can cope better than people.
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Hardy new grains are being developed that can cope with extreme bursts of heat.
You know what you’re eating - but what about them?
European countries can stop growing genetically modified crops, but many of their cows are still fed with imported GM.
Cornfield, GMO or not?
People have been changing plant genomes ever since agriculture got started thousands of years ago. Here are the high-tech ways researchers insert new genes into plants now.
Chinese authorities have called time on GM rice.
One of China’s major genetically modified food projects is now to all intents and purposes dead and buried. The expiry on August 17 of the biosafety certificates issued to strains of GM rice developed…