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Anti-GM activists pounce on viral DNA in transgenic plants | Genetic Literacy Project

Where are the “guardians” of science literacy when it comes to push back on the increasingly shrill histrionics by science deniers? Three remarkable 2012 developments in the world of agricultural biotechnology—Le Affair Séralini, the rejection of California Proposition 37 and the White House’s reversal of its political opposition to letting its own Office of Science […]

Myth of India’s ‘GM genocide’: Genetically modified cotton blamed for suicides | World | News | National Post

Myth of India’s ‘GM genocide’: Genetically modified cotton blamed for suicides | World | News | National Post.

Kissed A Farmer: A Buggy full of GMO Cotton

Thanks to the genetic trait in our cotton that makes it resistant to the boll worm, we did not spray one drop of insecticide on our fields this year.  Not one drop.  Because we don’t have to spray for the boll worm any longer, the beneficial insects are flourishing and naturally control the other minor […]

Scientists discover genetic key to efficient crops

Cornell researchers have taken a leap toward meeting those needs by discovering a gene that could lead to new varieties of staple crops with 50 percent higher yields. via Scientists discover genetic key to efficient crops.

Who’s afraid of the big bad GMO? | C2C

Just mention “GMO” genetically modified organism and some people run scared – why? via Who’s afraid of the big bad GMO? | C2C.

Mandatory labeling is misleading

While we support transparency with consumers, which is what the “Right to Know” camp boasts is their noble purpose, simply slapping a “GMO” label onto food does not provide any meaningful information. via Mandatory labeling is misleading.

Time for gene revolution: If we are to save India from starving, we must embrace GM crops – Economic Times

In October 2012, a Technical Expert Committee TEC appointed by the Supreme Court SC of India recommended a 10-year ban on field trials of genetically engineered GM food crops. Admirers of Indian agricultures colossal achievements were shocked and saddened by the news. via Time for gene revolution: If we are to save India from starving, […]

NYT: Flublok, a Flu Vaccine, Wins F.D.A. Approval

Most flu vaccines are made by growing the virus in chicken eggs, then inactivating or killing it, a long process. Flublok, by contrast, consists only of a protein – hemagglutinin – from the virus. The protein is made by putting the gene for hemagglutinin into a virus that infects insect cells. Those cells, from the […]

Who to trust on biotech foods?

On occasion, even experts’ opinions can differ on certain issues, but biotechnology is not one of them. The most reputable science, food and health organizations all have positive positions on agricultural biotechnology: World Health Organization – “No effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of (biotech) foods…” Food and […]

Biotechnology in agriculture

This paper reviews the published literature on the agronomic and environmental impact of GM crops in the last 15 years via Biotechnology in agriculture.

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