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2015-08-27 |

First single-unit synthetic ribosome opens the door to next-generation synthetic biology

Researchers from the University of Illinois, Chicago and Northwestern University have engineered the first designer ribosome with artificially tethered subunits, dubbed Ribo-T. The synthetic ribosome works nearly as well as its original cellular counterpart and may not only be used for exploring hitherto poorly understood functions of the ribosome, but could eventually have applications in next-generation synthetic biology.

2015-08-27 |

The non-GMO industry is growing fast. Where does it go from here?

GMO — Never have three letters caused such an uproar from those for and against genetically modified organisms (and/or labeling them). From companies and politicians to celebrities and mom bloggers, all chime in when it comes to GMO and non-GMO foods and beverages.

2015-08-27 |

U.S. regulator sued for withholding information on GMO crops

A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops.

2015-08-27 |

Mexico: Judge Overturns GMO Maize Ban in Tragic Ruling

Mexico’s XII District Court has overturned a 2013 ruling that prevented biotech companies, including Monsanto and Syngenta, planting genetically modified (GM) maize in Mexico.

2015-08-27 |

Germany starts move to ban GMO crops - ministry letter

Germany has initiated a move to stop the growing of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, documents seen by Reuters showed on Monday.

2015-08-25 |

European Union Wants To Keep Europe GMO Free

The European Union (EU) said it wants to keep Europe free of genetically modified crops as ministers and other officials from 15 EU and Western Balkans gathered for an international conference in Slovenia.

2015-08-25 |

Vietnam: Growing GM corn should rest with farmers

The Government has approved the mass farming of genetically modified (GM) corn but it is farmers who should decide whether to plant such corn or not, heard a seminar in HCMC last week.

2015-08-25 |

Five GMO Myths Debunked by Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva examined the impact of the first Green Revolution on the breadbasket of India. In a cogent empirical argument, she shows how the ‘quick fix’ promise of large gains in output pushed aside serious pursuit of an alternative agricultural strategy grounded in respect for the environmental wisdom of peasant systems and building an egalitarian, needs-prientated agriculture consistent with the village-based, endogenous political traditions of Gandhism.

2015-08-25 |

USA: Why some farmers are deciding to go GMO-free

Five years ago, Dan Beyers took his farm in a new direction. Or, rather, back in an old direction. The Pana, Ill.-area farmer had been using corn and soybean seeds genetically modified to work with glyphosate – the generic name for Monsanto’s signature Roundup herbicide. But he reached a point at which he said it no longer made sense from a dollars standpoint.

2015-08-25 |

USA: Hawaii's spike in birth defects puts focus on GM crops

Local doctors are in the eye of a storm swirling for the past three years over whether corn that’s been genetically modified to resist pesticides is a source of prosperity, as companies claim, or of birth defects and illnesses

2015-08-20 |

GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not high on most physicians' worry lists. If we think at all about biotechnology, most of us probably focus on direct threats to human health, such as prospects for converting pathogens to biologic weapons or the implications of new technologies for editing the human germline. But while those debates simmer, the application of biotechnology to agriculture has been rapid and aggressive.

2015-08-20 |

RNAi technology - New Monsanto Spray Kills Bugs by Messing With Their Genes

The novel sprays in question are powered by a genetic technology called RNA interference, which promises to kill specific insects and weeds by silencing genes crucial to their survival, while leaving nontarget species unscathed.

2015-08-20 |

African Experts Appeal against Release Approval of Drought Tolerant GM Maize

The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), lodged an appeal last week to South African Agriculture, Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Senzeni Zokwana, against the general release approval of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) maize, MON87460 granted by the Executive Council (EC): GMO Act. Such approval means that Monsanto can sell the GM maize seed, MON87460, to farmers in South Africa for cultivation.

2015-08-20 |

EU Commission Declares Report on Glyphosate Risk Assessment A Secret

The EU Commission is refusing to let independent experts have access to the report prepared by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) on the risk assessment of glyphosate.

2015-08-18 |

Synthetic Biology: the Dawn of a New Era

The advent of digital technology is considered one of the biggest revolutions of all time for how quickly and deeply it changed the world forever.

2015-08-18 |

India’s Government Increasingly Embraces GMOs Despite High Rate Of Farmer Suicides

India’s government once opposed GMO crops but is now opening its doors to Monsanto and other international agriculture giants, despite widespread suffering and even suicide among farmers that feel pressured into buying their products.

2015-08-18 |

EU sowings of GM crops tumble - but imports large

European Union cultivation of genetically modified corn has fallen to a three-year low, undermined by lower grain prices and red tape, even as the bloc's reliance on imports of biotech soybeans are growing.

2015-08-18 |

Kenya: Why lifting GMO ban remains contentious despite attempts to introduce it in Kenya

The nearly three-year-old ban on import of genetically modified (GM) food is as good as no more following the revelation early last week by the Deputy President William Ruto that the Cabinet will lift the ban in the coming two or three months.

2015-08-18 |

U.S. House of Representatives passes national GMO bill

This afternoon, the U.S. Space of Representatives voted in choose of a arguable invoice that seeks to set a unified same old for the labeling of meals containing biotech elements.

2015-08-14 |

GMO industry suffers rare setbacks

People who question the wisdom of growing genetically modified organisms — or doubt their safety when eaten — often are overwhelmed by the powerful biotech industry.

2015-08-14 |

How to Cover Up the Pesticide Industry's GMO Scheme and New 2,4 D Agent Orange Crops

There's been no shortage of journalists of late flacking for the pesticide and junk food industries regarding genetically engineered foods, aka Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). This coincides with the massive industry PR push behind the Safe and Affordable Food Labeling (SAFE) Act, ie. the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, which will stop states from requiring disclosure of GMO foods.

2015-08-14 |

USA: Congress should not ban states GMO food labels

Should food companies be required to label products that include GMOs — genetically modified organisms? At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be credible evidence that GMOs can harm human health.

2015-08-14 |

Opioid pain killer from genetically modified yeast with opium poppy genes

The natural world has long been a source of useful compounds. Aspirin, quinine and morphine all have beneficial therapeutic properties and are often found in plants. Being able to identify, extract and synthesise biologically active ingredients can lead to larger, cheaper amounts being produced.

2015-08-13 |

Belgium: Genetically modified fish still banned

Several imports of genetically modified fluorescent fish were recently seized in Belgium, according to the Public Health, Food Chain Security and Environment SPF’s Animal Welfare Inspection department.

2015-08-13 |

India: GMO in my mustard

The claim that ‘Terminator Mustard’ will increase yields by 30% is scientifically false and a blatant lie... The traits being introduced by GM mustard are known to be hazardous and are illegal

2015-08-10 |

USA: Congress seeks to override Connecticut’s GMO-labeling law

In the spring of 2013, Tara Cook-Littman was on the front lines of the struggle to pass a Connecticut law requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms. But Congress is moving to take back the ground food labeling advocates like Cook-Littman have won.

2015-08-10 |

USA: Why some farmers are deciding to go GMO-free

Five years ago, Dan Beyers took his farm in a new direction. Or, rather, back in an old direction.

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