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As Coachella raged, the L.A. tech world made plans to live on Mars 23.4.2019 LA Times: Business

The only in-flight beverages on the 11-seat private jet were bottled water and a genetically modified bacterial slurry designed to prevent the worst effects of hangovers.

A handful of passengers on the short evening flight from Hawthorne to the edge of the Mojave — venture capitalists, a man with...

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Bananas at Risk of Extinction as Panama Disease Returns 18.4.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The impact has been devastating, threatening livelihoods across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.
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First U.S. patients treated with CRISPR as gene-editing human trials get underway 16.4.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
This could be a crucial year for the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR as researchers start testing it in patients to treat diseases such as cancer, blindness, and sickle cell disease.
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As weeds outsmart the latest weedkillers, farmers are running out of options 11.4.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
In the long-running war between farmers and weeds, it's advantage, weeds. Scientists in Kansas have found examples of the dreaded pigweed that are immune to the newest weed-killing technologies.
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Will Fast-Food Diners Pay an Extra Buck for Silicon Valley Soy Patties? 3.4.2019 Mother Jones
For years now, new-wave beef substitutes have been wowing Silicon Valley venture capitalists and high-end coastal chefs. But are these high-tech veggie burgers ready to entice Middle America? Burger King is about to find out. On April 1, the nation’s second-largest fast-food chain debuted a Whopper option featuring a meatless patty at its 59 St. […]
California farmers and scientists race to combat a citrus disease infecting trees 29.3.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The world’s most insidious citrus disease invaded Florida in 2005, wreaking havoc on its iconic groves with stunning speed. After just a decade, virtually every citrus tree in the state was dying or infected.

Then in 2012, the disease — Huanglongbing, commonly known as citrus greening — was discovered...

Monsanto: Why We Cut Chemicals From Agriculture 28.3.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
In an ideal world, farmers would not need to use chemicals to produce our food and fiber, but that is not the reality we have to live with.
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NIH and top scientists call for moratorium on gene-edited babies 14.3.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Scientists and ethicists from seven nations on Wednesday called for a moratorium on gene-editing experiments designed to alter heritable traits in human babies.

It's the latest alarm sounded by researchers who have been both excited and unnerved by the powerful genetic engineering technique known...

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Gene-edited food quietly arrives in restaurant cooking oil 13.3.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
The Minnesota-based company, Calyxt, said it can't reveal its first customer for competitive reasons, but CEO Jim Blome said the oil is "in use and being eaten."
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How to Save America's Oranges From an Incurable Disease 12.3.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
We might be able to avoid the $50 glass of O.J. after all.
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Africa’s Sovereignty Over Food 9.3.2019
Local food and seed systems must be rebuilt for Africans, write Mariam Mayet, Stephen Greenberg and Linzi Lewis. By Mariam Mayet, Stephen Greenberg and Linzi Lewis  African Centre for Biodiversity in Johnnesburg Inter Press Service Africa is facing dire times.…Read more →
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A gulp of genetically modified bacteria might someday treat a range of illnesses 8.3.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Researchers think genetically engineered versions of microbes that can live in humans could help treat some rare genetic disorders and perhaps help with Type 1 diabetes, cirrhosis and cancer.
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Two patients with HIV are in remission. How many more will follow them? 6.3.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

And then there were two.

A London man infected with HIV has gone into long-term remission after getting a special stem cell transplant that not only treated his cancer, it sent the virus into remission as well. His recovery, described this week in the journal Nature, marks the second time a patient...

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Bad press about genetic engineering could scare off those who would benefit most 6.3.2019 LA Times: Commentary

When the reports came out last year that a Chinese scientist had altered the genome of human twins in utero, scientists and ethicists around the world were rightly horrified.

The experiment was denounced as wildly unsafe, medically unnecessary and a clear moral violation. Tinkering with the DNA...

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Agribusiness Is the Problem, Not the Solution 1.3.2019
Current policies often favor large farms at the expense of small growers who produce grow most of the world’s food, writes Jomo Kwame Sundaram.  By Jomo Kwame Sundaram in Kuala Lumpur Inter Press Service For two centuries, all too many discussions…Read more →
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Scientists release controversial genetically modified mosquitoes in high-security lab 20.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The insects were created, using CRISPR, to carry a powerful "gene drive." The mosquitoes could provide a potent weapon against malaria, but they raise fears about unpredictable environmental effects.
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Gene Edited Biotech Trees Could Save America's Forests 2.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
U.S. forests are in crisis as climate change, pests and pathogens all pose threats to its native trees.
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New U.S. experiments aim to create gene-edited human embryos 1.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Despite outrage over gene editing in China that affected the birth of twins, research is underway in the U.S. to assess the safety and effectiveness of CRISPR tools to edit genes in human embryos.
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US firms seek changes to UK standards on beef and drugs 29.1.2019 BBC: Business
US trade lobby groups urge the UK to change standards to match their own for a post-Brexit trade deal.
Gene modified chickens 'lay medicines' 28.1.2019 BBC: Health
Researchers at the Roslin Institute are breeding chickens which produce human proteins in their eggs.
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