Posts made in December, 2016

Genetically Engineered Pink Pineapple Is Safe to Sell, FDA Says

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Activities, News | 0 comments

             Picked pineapples lay in the middle of a large plantation on January 17, 2014 outside Pereira, Colombia. Kaveh Kazemi / Getty Images   [14 December 2016] by MAGGIE FOX A strain of pineapple genetically engineered to be pink instead of yellow got the go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. The pink pineapple, made by Del Monte Fresh Produce, simply has some genes toned down to keep the flesh of the fruit pinker and...

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Gene editing yields tomatoes that flower and ripen weeks earlier

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            Improving on a much-loved variety of cherry tomato (left), the CSHL team used gene editing to get ripe fruit two weeks earlier (right). These images were taken at the same point after planting.   Using CRISPR to expand the geographical range of important food crops COLD SPRING HARBOR LABORATORY PUBLIC RELEASE: 5-DEC-2016 Cold Spring Harbor, NY – Using a simple and powerful genetic method to tweak genes native to two popular varieties of...

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Nene Pimentel on Biotech: “Leave out the politicians; it is better that scientists takeover”

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., delivering his keynote address during the 12th National Biotechnology Week at the Department of Agriculture   DA BIOTECH PROGRAM INFORMATION BRIEF 2016-08 PRESS RELEASE QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES – Former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., captivated the audience in his keynote speech delivered at the opening ceremonies of the 12th National Biotechnology Week on November 21, 2016 at the Bureau...

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New grasses neutralize toxic pollution from bombs, explosives and munitions

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            UW engineers have developed transgenic grass species that can eliminate RDX, a toxic compound widely used in explosives that contaminates military bases, battlegrounds and some drinking water wells. Dennis Wise/ University of Washington   November 22, 2016 Jennifer Langston On military live fire training ranges, troops practice firing artillery shells, drop bombs on old tanks or derelict buildings and test the capacity of new weapons. But those...

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Cargill sees mass-produced omega-3 canola oil by 2020

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            November 29, 2016, 8:02 am Matt Craze For the first time in history, essential fatty acids used to feed salmon could be sourced from crops harvested on the Great Plains instead of from fish caught in the ocean. Cargill, the world’s largest private company, says it can transform technology developed by German chemical company BASF using algae genes to produce omega-3 bearing canola oil into a commercially viable product in less than five years,...

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