Expert Analysis:
GE Crops

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 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

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

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

February 19, 2016

UPDATE: USDA decides first CRISPR-edited crop is not regulated

USDA has decided that it will not regulate a mushroom which has been gene-edited to prevent browning. The mushroom, developed by Yinong Yang at Penn State, is the first crop modified using CRISPR-Cas9 that USDA has said is not subject to regulation. Continue reading

January 27, 2016

Nature Genetics editorial: gene-edited crops ‘should not be subject to government oversight’

An editorial in Nature Genetics has called for gene-edited crops to be subject to no more regulation than crops developed through conventional breeding. The Obama administration has launched a review of regulation for biotech crops, and the editorial calls for regulation to be based on the product, not the technology used to make it. Continue reading

December 11, 2015

USDA tightens regulations on GE wheat trials

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a tightening of regulations on field trials of genetically engineered wheat. The changes come after unlicensed GE wheat was found growing in fields in Oregon and Montana in 2013 and 2014. Continue reading

November 10, 2015

CRISPR opens up new method of creating virus resistant plants

Researchers have found a new way to make plants virus-resistant by harnessing the ability of the gene-editing tool CRISPR to chop up invading viral DNA, according to a study in Genome Biology. Continue reading

September 7, 2015

Extracts from genetically engineered plants could fight food-borne E. coli

Engineering plants to produce antibacterial proteins could offer a new way to control disease-causing E. coli in fresh food, according to a study in PNAS. Researchers genetically engineered plants to produce colicins – proteins which kill or inhibit the growth of E. coli – and found that when extracted, the colicins significantly reduced bacterial populations. Continue reading

August 28, 2015

USDA approves new blight resistant, non-browning GE potato

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced they will deregulate a second genetically engineered potato by J.R. Simplot Company. In addition to reduced browning, the newly approved potato is engineered for blight resistance and a lower sugar content. Continue reading

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