Expert Analysis:
Agriculture & Environment

July 11, 2016

Canola genetically engineered to produce commercially relevant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids

Scientists from Dow AgroSciences have for the first time genetically engineered canola, a widely grown oilseed crop, to produce commercially relevant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Continue reading

June 24, 2016

UPDATE: Congress passes mandatory labeling bill for genetically engineered foods

Congress has passed a bipartisan bill that will require mandatory disclosure of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. It will supersede the Vermont labeling law that went into effect July 1st. Continue reading

June 15, 2016

Tobacco engineered for more efficient production of antimalarial drug

By genetically engineering tobacco, scientists have developed a method of more efficiently producing artemisinin, the world’s most important malaria drug. Continue reading

June 8, 2016

National Academies report on gene drives recommends field trials but not environmental release

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has published a report on the responsible use of gene drives, finding gene-drive modified organisms are not ready to be released into the environment, but recommends strictly controlled field trials. Continue reading

May 17, 2016

National Academies report looks at 30 years of GE crops, advocates changes to regulation

The National Academies has published a wide-ranging assessment of the impact of genetically engineered crops. The report recommends U.S. regulations need to focus on individual products, not the process by which they were made. Continue reading

May 10, 2016

Commercial lab releases genomic analysis of burger products, reports hygiene and quality issues

The company Clear Labs performed a genomic analysis of 258 U.S. burger products, and reported that 13.6% of the products had problems with substitution, hygienic issues or pathogenic contamination. Continue reading

May 10, 2016

Cows made hornless through gene-editing, with no off-target effects

A letter in Nature Biotechnology reports the rearing of two young dairy cows whose genomes were edited to make them hornless, with no off-target effects. Continue reading

May 6, 2016

Probiotic milk impacts stress response, gene expression in human trial

Students who drank probiotic milk before taking exams showed fewer signs of stress than students drinking standard milk, with a strong difference between the groups observed in the expression of 179 stress-related genes. Continue reading

April 30, 2016

FDA survey of retail meat identifies Salmonella with antibiotic resistance genes not seen before in the US

The FDA have published a report on antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella found in raw meat, finding two genes conferring resistance to the medically important antibiotics ciprofloxacin and ceftriaxone not detected in the US before. Continue reading

April 18, 2016

How should gene-edited crops be regulated? National Academies meeting seeks answers

On Monday, April 18 the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are holding their first meeting to consider the regulation of future biotechnology products, including gene-edited crops. Continue reading

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