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2013-03-14 17:21:13

Predictability is often used synonymously with “boring,” as in that story or that outcome was so predictable. For practitioners of synthetic biology seeking to engineer valuable new microbes, however, predictability is the brass ring that must be captured. Researchers with the multi-institutional partnership known as BIOFAB have become the first to grab at least a portion of this ring by unveiling a package of public domain DNA sequences and statistical models that greatly...

2013-03-14 10:34:21

Milk from goats that were genetically modified to produce higher levels of a human antimicrobial protein has proved effective in treating diarrhea in young pigs, demonstrating the potential for food products from transgenic animals to one day also benefit human health, report researchers at the University of California, Davis. The study is the first on record to show that goats' milk carrying elevated levels of the antimicrobial lysozyme, a protein found in human breast milk, can...

2013-03-07 12:27:23

-Funds to support Phase 3 confirmatory trials of ataluren- SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (PTC) today announced the successful completion of a $60 million financing led by Brookside Capital Partners Fund, L.P. Joining Brookside as new investors in this financing are Adage Capital Management, Jennison Associates L.L.C. (on behalf of fund clients), Longwood Fund and additional top-tier institutional investors. In conjunction with the...

2013-03-06 16:28:18

Activists to Prepare & Share "Stone Soup" to Protest FDA's Antiquated Policies on Genetically Engineered (GMO) Foods COLLEGE PARK, Md., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Occupy-Monsanto.com: Alarmed by the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) outdated and pro-biotechnology industry policies concerning the labeling & safety of genetically engineered foods sold in America, safe food activists are organizing the largest protest to date at...

Government-protected Research Site Used To Fight GM Crop Vandalism
2013-02-28 15:14:53

Cell Press Genetically modified (GM) crops have been a source of great controversy–particularly in Europe–but acts of vandalism and associated security costs have made scientific evidence about the health and ecological impacts of those crops hard to come by. A Swiss government-protected field site dedicated for use in GM crop studies could serve as an example to other European countries interested in pursuing crop biotechnology, according to an article published in Trends in...

2013-02-21 16:29:29

OTTAWA, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Last year Canadian farmers planted close to 21 million acres of canola, more than 97 per cent of which was enhanced through biotechnology, according to a report from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA). "It's not surprising that Canadian farmers continue to embrace genetically modified crops. Farmers see the benefits in terms of improved yields and quality, environmental sustainability and efficiency,"...

2013-02-18 11:10:37

It has been almost 20 years since the first genetically modified foods showed up in produce aisles throughout the United States and the rest of the world, but controversy continues to surround the products and their regulation. Bruce Chassy, a professor emeritus of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, believes that after thousands of research studies and worldwide planting, "genetically modified foods pose no special risks to consumers or the...

2013-02-07 15:20:05

Scientists hope that one day in the distant future, miniature, medically-savvy computers will roam our bodies, detecting early-stage diseases and treating them on the spot by releasing a suitable drug, without any outside help. To make this vision a reality, computers must be sufficiently small to fit into body cells. Moreover, they must be able to "talk" to various cellular systems. These challenges can be best addressed by creating computers based on biological molecules such as DNA or...

2013-02-07 12:28:47

National Coalition Calls on Hershey and Mars to Label GMOs in Chocolates, Other Candy ... Or Get Them Out Completely WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What will you get for your loved one this Valentine's Day? If genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in chocolates are not on your shopping list, you will want to know about GMO Inside's new push to get the nation's largest candy manufacturers--Hershey and Mars--to break up with GMOs in 2013. GMO Inside, a campaign...

2013-01-17 12:21:39

"GMO Inside" Calls on Kellogg's and General Mills to Label GMOs or Cut Them Out Entirely WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- GMO Inside, a coalition dedicated to advancing the right of consumers to know whether or not foods are genetically engineered, today announced that it is shining the light on the nation's largest breakfast cereal companies: Kellogg's and General Mills. GMO Inside is calling on these companies, who claim to be wholesome and healthy, to make a...


Latest Genetic engineering Reference Libraries

Flavr Savr
2013-10-03 09:43:32

Flavr Savr, also known as CGN-89564, a genetically modified tomato, was the first commercially grown genetically engineered food to be granted a license for human consumption. It was produced by the Californian company Calgene, and submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1992. On May 18, 1994, the FDA completed its evaluation of the Flavr Savr tomato and the usage of APH(3’)II, concluding that the tomato “is as safe as tomatoes bred by conventional means” and “that the...

Roundup Ready Soybean
2013-10-02 13:09:21

Roundup Ready Soybean, GTS 40-3-2, is a genetically engineered variety of glyphosate-resistant soybeans created by Monsanto. Glyphosate kills plants by obstructing the synthesis of the essential amino acids phenylaline, tyrosine, and tryptophan. These amino acids are referred to as “essential” due to the fact that animals cannot make them; only plants and micro-organisms can make them and animals acquire them by consuming plants. Plants and microorganisms make these amino acids with...

Knockout Mouse
2013-10-02 11:52:01

A Knockout Mouse is a genetically engineered mouse in which researchers have inactivated, or “knocked out,” an existing gene by replacing it or disrupting it with an artificial piece of DNA. The loss of gene activity frequently causes changes in a mouse’s phenotype, which includes appearance, behavior, or other apparent and biochemical characteristics. Knockout mice are significant animal models for studying the role of genes which have been sequenced but whose functions haven’t...

Blue Rose
2013-10-02 08:33:40

A Blue Rose is a flower of the genus Rosa belonging to the family Rosaceae that presents blue to violet pigmentation instead of the more common white, red, or yellow coloration. Blue roses are frequently portrayed in literature and art as a symbol of love and prosperity to those who seek it, but don’t exist in nature as a result of genetic limitations. In 2004, researchers utilized genetic modification to produce roses that contain the blue pigment delphinidin. After 13 years of...

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