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September 1, 2015

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September 1, 2015

Regulatory, Certification Systems Creating Paralysis in Use of Genetically Altered Trees

Aug. 20, 2015 — Myriad regulations and certification requirements around the world are making it virtually impossible to use genetically engineered trees to combat catastrophic forest threats, according to a new ... read more

Aug. 14, 2015 — Another barrier to commercially viable biofuels from sources other than corn has fallen with the engineering of a microbe that improves isobutanol yields by a factor of ... read more

New Information Changes Few Opinions on GMOs, Global Warming

June 2, 2015 — First impressions are critical. So much so that for many people, even when they are given scientific information, they won't change their minds. This is particularly true for issues such as ... read more

May 29, 2015 — The roots of a plant are constantly growing, so that they can provide the plant with water and minerals while also giving it a firm anchor in the ground. Responsible for these functions are ... read more

Scientists See a Natural Place for 'Rewilded' Plants in Organic Farming

May 28, 2015 — One key element of organic agriculture is that it rejects unpredictable technologies, such as genetic engineering. But what if adding a gene from undomesticated plants to bring back a natural trait ... read more

May 4, 2015 — Is there a sixth DNA base? A team of researchers suggests that the methyl-adenine that would regulate the expression of certain genes in eukaryotic cells could have a specific role in stem cells and ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Researchers have perfected a noninvasive "chemogenetic" technique that allows them to switch off a specific behavior in mice -- such as voracious eating -- and then switch it back on. The ... read more

Apr. 24, 2015 — Stem cells naturally cling to feeder cells as they grow in petri dishes. Scientists have thought for years that this attachment occurs because feeder cells serve as a support system, providing stems ... read more

Apr. 24, 2015 — Researchers have discovered that the signalling route - a cascade activation of several molecules - triggered by the ATM protein regulates DNA repair during the production of spermatocytes by ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — Sweet potatoes from all over the world naturally contain genes from the bacterium Agrobacterium, researchers report. Sweet potato is one of the most important food crops for human consumption in the ... read more

Bioenergy: Genetics of Wood Formation

Apr. 17, 2015 — To begin to understand poplar growth, a possible bioenergy crop, scientists built a robust high-throughput pipeline for studying the hierarchy of genetic regulation of wood formation using ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new method to activate genes by synthetically creating a key component of the epigenome that controls how our genes are expressed. The new technology allows researchers ... read more

Mar. 24, 2015 — Researchers use metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production ... read more

Mar. 16, 2015 — Consumers were willing to spend more for biotech potato products with reduced levels of a chemical compound linked to cancer, a study has found. The findings underscore the importance of efforts to ... read more

Jailbreaking Yeast Could Amp Up Wine's Health Benefits, Reduce Morning-After Headaches

Mar. 16, 2015 — A 'jailbreaking' yeast has been developed that could greatly increase the health benefits of wine while reducing the toxic byproducts that cause your morning-after ... read more

Enhancing High-Temperature Tolerance in Plants: Effective on Rice and Tomatoes

Mar. 2, 2015 — Agricultural researchers have identified for the first time that theE-2-hexenal, a plant-derived chemical substance, can induce a plant's stress response to high ... read more

Feb. 25, 2015 — A survey of rice, wheat, barley, fruit, and vegetable crops found that most mutants created by advanced genetic engineering techniques may be out of the scope of current genetically modified organism ... read more

Feb. 24, 2015 — Scientists have generated mature, functional skeletal muscles in mice using a new approach for tissue engineering. The scientists grew a leg muscle starting from engineered cells cultured in a dish ... read more

Gene May Help Reduce GM Contamination

Feb. 19, 2015 — Genetically modified crops have long drawn fire from opponents worried about potential contamination of conventional crops and other plants. Now a plant gene might help farmers reduce the risk of GM ... read more

Feb. 9, 2015 — Researchers have demonstrated a new way to activate genes with light, allowing precisely controlled and targeted genetic studies and applications. The method might be used to activate genes in a ... read more

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