Latest Transgenic plant Stories

2009-08-27 15:20:00

Fast growing transgenic fish can revolutionize commercial fish farming and relieve the pressure on overexploited fish stocks. But what happens in the natural environment if transgenic fish escape? Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have studied transgenic fish on behalf of the EU and are urging caution: -Until further notice transgenic fish should be bred in closed systems on land, says Fredrik Sundström at the Department of Zoology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.By...

2009-07-06 14:16:21

Japanese researchers say a new genetically modified rice designed to fight allergies has successfully passed its initial safety tests. Fumio Takaiwa and colleagues at Japan's National Institute for Agrobiological Sciences said the first generation of genetically modified crops was designed to help keep crops weed and insect free. But the next generation of transgenic crops, they said, is being developed to directly benefit human health and includes crops that produce higher levels of...

2009-07-01 06:03:58

The European Food Safety Authority declared on Tuesday that a genetically modified strain of maize banned in some EU countries poses no risk to health or the environment, AFP reported. This means the European Commission, which supports use of the maize, will be battling the member states, most of which are against it. After studying the strain, the independent risk assessor said the Monsanto MON810 maize was as safe as its conventional counterpart with respect to potential effects on human...

2009-03-19 11:00:00

Although tobacco doesn't have a reputation of being beneficial to health, a team of European researchers has reported breeding a genetically modified tobacco plant with medicines for many autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, including type 1 diabetes. Led by Professor Mario Pezzotti at the University of Verona, researchers with the Pharma-Planta project worked to create transgenic tobacco plants that would produce biologically-active interleukin-10 (IL-10), a potent anti-inflammatory...

2009-01-15 10:54:30

A USDA internal audit report released Wednesday announced that the United States' food supply is in jeopardy of being overrun with unapproved, genetically altered foods and livestock This report, published by the U.S. Agriculture Department's Office of Inspector General, announced that the USDA has lost import control to regulate GMO animals. The rules for GMO crops could become out-of-date as other nations improve production of their own crops, the report noted. The Office of Inspector...

2008-09-30 03:00:24

By Burke, John J O'Mahony, Patrick J; Oliver, Melvin J; Velten, Jeff Abstract Transgenic cells containing inserted antibiotic resistance genes and linked genes of interest are routinely selected by exposure to antibiotics. Concerns over the widespread use of antibiotic resistance genes as selectable markers for genetic transformation have motivated researchers to find alternative selection procedures. This study describes the evaluation of an alternative protocol using temperature as the...

2008-09-07 03:00:19

By Shimizu, Masanori Goto, Maki; Hanai, Moeko; Shimizu, Tsutomu; Izawa, Norihiko; Kanamoto, Hirosuke; Tomizawa, Ken-Ichi; Yokota, Akiho; Kobayashi, Hirokazu Strategies employed for the production of genetically modified (GM) crops are premised on (1) the avoidance of gene transfer in the field; (2) the use of genes derived from edible organisms such as plants; (3) preventing the appearance of herbicideresistant weeds; and (4) maintaining transgenes without obstructing plant cell...

2008-07-03 06:00:52

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/e750bb/plant_biotechnolog) has announced the addition of the "Plant Biotechnology and Genetics: Principles, Techniques and Applications" report to their offering. This report explores contemporary techniques and applications of plant biotechnology, illustrating the tremendous potential this technology has to change our world by improving the food supply. As an introductory text, its focus is on basic science and processes....

2008-06-24 03:00:39

By Nickson, Thomas E A scientifically sound environmental risk assessment is required for crops derived from modern biotechnology (also referred to as genetically modified [GM]) prior to unrestricted release into the environment. The scientific principles underlying the environmental risk assessments completed for herbicide-tolerant and insect- protected GM crops commercialized to date are now being applied to crops currently under development that are modified for improved tolerance to...

2008-06-19 00:00:30

Genetically engineered (GE) animals provide innovative technologies that are transforming public health through biomedical, food and environmental applications, according to a scientific report released today at the BIO 2008 International Convention. The report, Genetically Engineered Animals and Public Health - Compelling Benefits for Health Care, Nutrition, the Environment and Animal Welfare, details how GE animals are enhancing human health, food production, environmental protection,...

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