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With an Eye on Hunger, Scientists See Promise in Genetic Tinkering of Plants

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With Thanksgiving just a few days away, it’s important to remember that not everyone will be able to enjoy a big turkey meal. In fact, about 1 in 6 people in America face hunger. In 2015 alone, Feeding America reported that 42.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 29.1 million adults and 13.1 million children. Through genetic engineering, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are finding ways to tackle the hunger epidemic. Read More >

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Should We Bring Extinct Species Back From the Dead?

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For decades the notion of “de-extinction” hovered on the scientific fringes, Science‘s David Schultz stated in his recent article. Now new advances in genetic engineering, especially the CRISPR-Cas9 revolution, have researchers believing that it’s time to start thinking seriously about which animals we might be able to bring back, and which ones would do the most good for the ecosystems they left behind. In “Should we bring extinct species back from the dead?,” David Schultz explains what is de-extinction, Read More >

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NAS Report Upholds Safety of GE Crops and Foods

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“Sweeping statements about GE crops are problematic because issues related to them are multidimensional” – The NAS Committee on GE Crops On May 17, 2016, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released its nearly 400 page report, Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects, which examined a range of questions and opinions about the economic, agronomic, health, safety, or other effects of genetically engineered (GE) crops and food. The NAS Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops Read More >

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The March of Genetic Food Progress

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You may already be familiar with Julie Kelly’s contributions to the Genetic Literacy Project but you may not know that she is a cooking instructor and food writer in Orland Park, Illinois. The Wall Street Journal recently published an opinion piece by Julie Kelly on how ‘Farmaceuticals’ and other GM products are slowly being approved, despite political scare campaigns. Ms. Kelly’s piece does a great job of arguing how genetic engineering has gradually overcome fear-mongering and false misrepresentation from those who Read More >

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Could GMOs Save Endangered Plants and Animals?

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According to Biologist William Powell, the answer is yes. Dr. Powell says that the best way to revive the American chestnut tree, one of the most common trees in the country until a fungal blight effectively erased it from the landscape, could be genetic engineering. “I think if we can’t get this tree deregulated and out in a restoration program, you’re not going to get any genetically engineered tree out,” says Powell, co-director with forest Read More >

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