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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Color Changing Flowers

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could break the mold and give your special someone something other than Roses for Valentine’s Day? Research being done at Revolution Bioengineering may allow you to do just that. Revolution Bioengineering is a new biotech company in Fort Collins, CO that is working on building a Petunia Circadia, a flower that changes color throughout the day. The petunia will be developed using synthetic biology. “There are exciting opportunities available right now in Read More >

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Does a “non-G.M.O” Label Really Mean without GMOs?

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In her article, Many G.M.O.-Free Labels, Little Clarity Over Rules, Stephanie Strom examines the issues behind food manufacturers adding the phrase “non-G.M.O.” to their packaging without having to go through a verification process: So if more companies elect to put labels on their products stating that they are G.M.O.-free, whether verified or not, does that make the fierce policy debate increasingly moot? “It’s an interesting question,” said Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives at Consumers Union, which lobbies Read More >

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GMO Answers…well, Answers “What are Some Safety Problems with GMOs?”

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GMO Answers recently received the question “What are Some Safety Issues with GMOs?”  Site expert Robert Wager M.Sc., a faculty member in the Biology Department, at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC, Canada, answered this question below. “When discussing safety of GM crops and derived food it is easier to separate the food safety aspects from the environmental aspects.  This answer will deal with food safety issues. Every GM crop is extensively tested for food Read More >

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Report Shows Continued Global Growth in Biotech Crops

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The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its report today on the current global plantings of GM Crops.  The report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2015, highlights the accumulated hectarage of biotech crops grown in 2014 as well as the key benefits of biotechnology, including alleviation of poverty and hunger by boosting the income of risk-averse small, resource-poor farmers around the world.   According to the report, the United States continued as the lead Read More >

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GE Mosquitos May Be on Their Way to the Florida Keys

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The GE Mosquito made its debut when it was first introduced in Brazil to help fight Dengue Fever. BIO’s blog Brazil Fights Back Dengue Fever with GE Mosquito covers this story. Now, Oxitec’s genetically modified mosquito (Aedes aegypti) may be unleashed in the Florida Keys to help fight killer mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases. Washington Post covered the story here: Thanks to climate change and globalization, the Keys are also increasingly home to killer tropical diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya Read More >

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