CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology is being used in field from agriculture to medicine to food security and disease control.
You may not agree with using the gene-editing tool, CRISPR, to alter the DNA of human babies. But what about using it to engineer plants? Or wipe out one of the world's most dangerous creatures?
Many farmers cultivating organic crops believe that genetically modified crops pose threats to human health.
Is gene editing compatible with organic farming? A scholar explains the differences between old genetic engineering and CRISPR methods, and why the latter is similar to tradition plant breeding.
Genetic modification rules now cover gene edited crops but exclude plants bred traditionally with the same properties.
The Canadian government recently approved the sale of genetically modified golden rice that’s fortified with Vitamin A. It’s an example of a GM food that directly benefits consumers.
Why are consumers so reluctant to embrace genetically modified foods? A new study suggests agricultural biotech companies are failing to show consumers a personal benefit to buying GM foods.
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.
There are many considerations that go into buying food, and science is just one.
Informing people about genetically modified food means more than dumping more facts on them.
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?
Ntombithini Ndwandwe, an agroecology farmer displaying her diversity of traditional seeds in Zimele, KwaZulu-Natal.
Since 2000, the growth of the commercial seed market has almost tripled. More than 63% of the world’s commercial seed is now owned by six corporations.
Australia already has many plants that can cope with harsh conditions.
Australia's deserts can be a harsh environment but plant life still survives there. So why not use them to develop the next generation of drought-resistant crops?
We can tweak levels of a special vitamin that acts as an appetite control system.
Bt cotton is the most widely grown GM crop by poor farmers in Africa.
Burkina Faso, one of the largest GM cotton producers in the world, has begun a phase out of all Bt cotton production.
TTIP is coming.
The upcoming TTIP trade agreement could force EU to liberalise GM regulations such as labelling.
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.
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.
Put innovative farming techniques in the right hands.
Africa will be able to feed itself in the next 15 years. That’s one of the big “bets on the future” that Bill and Melinda Gates have made in their foundation’s latest annual letter. Helped by other breakthroughs…