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CRISPR Bacon: Chinese Scientists Create Genetically Modified Low-Fat Pigs 24.10.2017 NPR Health Science
Scientists have used CRISPR, a new gene-editing technique, to create pigs that can keep their bodies warmer, burning more fat to produce leaner meat.
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Genetic scientists work to save global banana industry 23.10.2017 BBC: Business
Scientists in Australia are using genetic engineering to try and save the world's banana industry.
Gilead Gets FDA Approval for New Cancer Therapy 19.10.2017 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Gilead Sciences’ $11 billion bet on Kite Pharma is poised to pay off, with the approval of Kite’s flagship cell-therapy treatment for advanced lymphoma patients.
EPA, herbicide makers agree to new limits for use of dicamba 14.10.2017 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration has reached a deal with three major agribusiness companies for new voluntary labeling requirements for a controversial herbicide blamed for damaging crops....
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Monsanto, BASF Agree to Restraints on Controversial Herbicide 13.10.2017 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Chemical makers Monsanto and BASF agreed to new restrictions on the use of a herbicide blamed for damaging millions of acres of U.S. crops this year.
The origins of immunotherapy 13.10.2017 LA Times: Science

Through the centuries, physicians and scientists have repeatedly returned to the promise of harnessing the body’s own immune system to fight against cancer. Often, their search was inspired by a cancer patient’s sudden return to health after beating back a viral or bacterial infection.

In 1898,...

Gene Editing Is Here, and Desperate Patients Want It 13.10.2017 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Two-thirds of Americans support therapeutic use, but regulators are still stuck in the 1970s.
FDA Panel Endorses Gene Therapy For A Form Of Childhood Blindness 13.10.2017 NPR Health Science
Food and Drug Administration advisers unanimously recommended that the agency approve the first gene therapy for an inherited disease — a rare defect that causes blindness in children.
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When it comes to cancer, here's what you should sweat and here's what you shouldn't 12.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary
We all want to avoid cancer. That's a given. But when cancer risk seems to lurk everywhere, it's hard to know what you really need to do to protect yourself. Here's what you should sweat, and here's what you shouldn't worry about.
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Have Monsanto and the Biotech Industry Turned Natural Bt Pesticides Into GMO "Super Toxins"? 11.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
In times of great injustice, independent media is crucial to fighting back against misinformation. Support grassroots journalism: Make a donation to Truthout by clicking here. Is the supposed safety advantage of GMO crops over conventional chemical pesticides a mirage? According to biotech lore, the Bt pesticides introduced into many GMO food crops are natural proteins whose toxic activity extends  only to narrow groups of insect species . Therefore, says the industry, these pesticides can all be safely eaten, e.g. by humans. This is not the interpretation we arrived at after our analysis of the documents accompanying the commercial approval of 23 typical Bt-containing GMO crops, however (see  Latham et al., 2017 , just published in the journal Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews). In our publication, authored along with Madeleine Love and Angelika Hilbeck, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), we show that commercial GMO Bt toxins differ greatly from their natural precursors. ...
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Seed Giants See Fresh Start in Gene-Editing 11.10.2017 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The agriculture industry is betting that new technology for editing the genes of plants will yield enhanced crops—and potentially reset a long-running debate over genetically engineered seeds.
The water under Colorado’s Eastern Plains is running dry as farmers keep irrigating “great American desert” 8.10.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Eastern Colorado's economy has grown strong pumping irrigation water from the High Plains Aquifer, shrinking the vast underground reservoir in the past six years at twice the rate of the previous 60.
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Bananapocalypse: The race to save the world’s most popular fruit 8.10.2017 Washington Post
A virus afflicting plantations in Australia and Southeast Asia has entered Africa and the Middle East. Scientists say Latin America, the source of virtually all the bananas eaten in the United States, is next.
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Farmers Say Monsanto’s Pesticide Drifted From Nearby Farms and Killed Their Crops. Now They Need Monsanto Seeds to Fix Them. 6.10.2017 Mother Jones
To hear Monsanto tell it, the rollout of its latest genetically modified soybean offering went without a hitch. The novel soybeans, engineered to withstand two different herbicides, debuted in 2016. Just a year later,  they were planted on 20 million acres —representing nearly a quarter of the total US crop. In its latest quarterly profit […]
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Voters deserve to know who's bankrolling shadowy political campaigns 4.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A typical political ad for a ballot measure in California might include something like this: “Paid for by Yes on Proposition 99 — Good Jobs and Safe Streets, with major funding by People for Good Jobs and Safe Streets.”

This meets the legal requirement of disclosure under current rules, but it...

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GM soybean oil harmful to liver function: Study 4.10.2017 New Kerala: World News
Washington D.C. [USA], Oct 01 : Busting the myth that genetically modified (GM) soybean oil is healthier than conventional soybean oil, a team of researchers has recently warned that it's harmful to liver function.
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Syngenta settles US farmer lawsuits in China corn trade case 26.9.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta said Tuesday it has agreed to settle tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits by farmers over the company’s rollout of a genetically engineered corn seed variety before China approved it for imports. Terms weren’t disclosed. Syngenta said in a statement that the settlement would establish a fund to […]
Tentative settlement reached in genetically modified seed case 26.9.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A major agricultural seed company has reached a pending settlement with U.S. farmers including thousands from Minnesota in a case involving a genetically modified corn seed.
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Florida's Orange Industry, Symbol of a State, Is Dying 26.9.2017 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The state’s citrus industry, beset by a disease killing off groves plus hurricanes and international competition, is banking on producing a genetically engineered orange that is years away from being ready for sale.
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'A Fresh Look' Aims to Highlight Benefits of GMO Farming 23.9.2017 New Kerala: World News
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2017 : A Fresh Look, a 501(c)(6) organization, has formed to accomplish the mission of providing trustworthy, research-based information to consumers about the benefits of GMO Farming methods that allow farmers to grow nutritious, affordable food in smarter, more sustainable ways.
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