Biotech News

Crispr Food Will Be Available Within 5 Years, Says Geneticist

April 24, 2019

Gene-editing technology Crispr is making an impact in different industries, but Jennifer Doudna expects it to make its biggest impact on food. Doudna, who helped invent the Crispr tool, believes that food produced by the gene-editing tool will be available in the market as soon as the next five years. Crispr’d Food Coming To The…

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WSU Researchers Aim to Crack the Wheat-Sensitivity Puzzle

April 8, 2019

In a few years, people with celiac disease and those who are gluten-intolerant might see a strain of wheat they can digest if all goes well with work led by a team of researchers affiliated with Washington State University. By introducing an enzyme into the grain itself, the team is developing a strain of wheat…

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Bangladesh green lights disease-resistant GMO potato for commercial production

March 28, 2019

High yielding varieties of potato and ‘tosha paat (jute)’ will be introduced soon for commercial production as the National Seed Board (NSB) in Bangladesh has given its approval…. According to sources, the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) has developed the high yield potato variety ‘BARI Alu-81’, while the Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) has developed…

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University specialist: Glyphosate link to cancer unfounded

February 13, 2019

(Pictured: Ronda Hirnyck, University of Idaho Extension pesticide coordinator, says glyphosate poses no threat to human health.) TWIN FALLS, Idaho – While glyphosate has lower toxicity than many pesticides — it’s rated zero risk for homeowner use — the news and social media are laden with its purported health risks to humans, especially cancer. But…

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Nigeria could lead Africa to innovative future in agriculture by approving GMO cowpea

February 13, 2019

Nigeria has commenced a historic process of leading other African nations on smart and innovative agriculture with the recent application seeking commercial release of the genetically modified insect-resistant cowpea. If approved, the pod borer-resistant (PBR) cowpea will become the nation’s first genetically modified food crop. It is expected to increase yields and massively reduce the…

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GMO Cassava Can Provide Iron, Zinc to Malnourished African Children

February 13, 2019

In poor parts of the world, people may rely on a single staple crop to meet a substantial proportion of their energy requirements. For example, those who live in southeast Asia rely heavily on rice. Many denizens of Africa rely on cassava, a tuber somewhat reminiscent of a potato. In the United States, cassava is…

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Fear of genetically modified crops slows Bt corn adoption

February 13, 2019

Anti-GMO sentiment has repercussions for developing world’s food supply. Anti-GMO sentiment holds back agricultural advancement in the developing world, but an Iowa State University agronomist hopes his research will clarify the scientific consensus and spark wider acceptance of the technology in Africa. A paper recently published in the academic journal Global Food Security analyzed dozens…

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Nobel laureates dismiss fears about genetically modified foods

December 11, 2018

Winners of chemistry prize say excessive concerns could limit scientific progress. Winners of this year’s Nobel prize for chemistry say overblown fears about genetically modified foods risk preventing society benefiting from the technology. Prof Frances Arnold, from the US, and Sir Gregory Winter, from Britain, made the comments on Friday ahead of Monday’s presentation of…

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Genetic engineering and IPM aid pink bollworm eradication

November 13, 2018

Genetic engineering and integrated pest management prove useful in eradicating dangerous agricultural pest. Growers and industry leaders across the cotton belt, particularly those in California and Arizona, rightly hailed the announced eradication of an invasive pest that once threatened to wipe out the U.S. cotton industry. Eliminating the pink bollworm (PBW) from cotton fields is…

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Genome editing could change the way the UK does fresh food

November 8, 2018

Tomatoes could benefit from a review to gene-editing policy, as it would be easier for British growers to produce good-tasting, low-cost tomatoes if there were better varieties available Last summer, the European Court of Justice ruled that ’genome edited’ crops should be categorised as genetically modified organisms (GMOs), meaning huge costs for licensing and trials. This…

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