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When genetic engineering came of age: World’s first GMO—GE insulin—approved 35 years ago

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When genetic engineering came of age: World’s first GMO—GE insulin—approved 35 years ago

          Henry Miller | October 30, 2017 | Genetic Literacy Project   35 years ago, the world entered an important new era in pharmaceutical development with the approval by the FDA of human insulin synthesized in genetically engineered bacteria–the world’s first recombinant DNA drug product. As the medical reviewer of the product and the head of the review team, I had a front-row seat. The saga is remarkable in several ways, not least of which is that although...

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Ugandans to eat GMO potatoes in 2020

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Ugandans to eat GMO potatoes in 2020

            October 18, 2017 Written by OLIVE EYOTARU Scientists have said the first batch of locally grown genetically modified potatoes will be on sale in Ugandan markets in 2020. Dr Alex Barekye, the director of Kachwekano Zonal Agriculture Research Institute in the western district of Rubanda, said agricultural biotechnology research on potatoes is underway to create a genetically modified variety that will be resistant to diseases. Barekye said three trials...

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FOOD SECURITY NEEDS MORE FROM GM CROPS

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Activities, News | 0 comments

FOOD SECURITY NEEDS MORE FROM GM CROPS

              October 9, 2017 Only a better understanding of fundamental plant processes can exploit the potential of GM technology to create higher yielding, more resilient food crops Genetic modification of plants will be essential to avert future food shortages, conclude a group of agricultural scientists who have reviewed how biotechnology developments over the past 35 years have shaped the efficiency of crop production. GM crops able to repel insect...

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Genetically Boosting the Nutritional Value of Corn Could Benefit Millions

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Genetically Boosting the Nutritional Value of Corn Could Benefit Millions

            Rutgers scientists discover way to reduce animal feed and food production costs by increasing a key nutrient in corn By Todd B. Bates Oct 8 2017 Rutgers scientists have found an efficient way to enhance the nutritional value of corn – the world’s largest commodity crop – by inserting a bacterial gene that causes it to produce a key nutrient called methionine, according to a new study. The Rutgers University-New Brunswick discovery could benefit...

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GM SOYBEAN OIL CAUSES LESS OBESITY AND INSULIN RESISTANCE

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Activities, News | 0 comments

GM SOYBEAN OIL CAUSES LESS OBESITY AND INSULIN RESISTANCE

            Soybean oil, the vegetable cooking oil commonly used in the United States, is also gaining popularity worldwide. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) tested a genetically modified (GM) soybean oil used in restaurants, and found that while it induces less obesity and insulin resistance than conventional soybean oil, its effects on diabetes and fatty liver are similar to those of conventional soybean oil. The researchers tested...

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Davao vegetable council supports commercial planting of Bt eggplant

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Davao vegetable council supports commercial planting of Bt eggplant

            [Posted September 9, 2017] THE Vegetable Industry Council of Southern Mindanao (Vicsmin) has expressed its full support for the commercial planting of Bt eggplant in the country. This came after its officers and members signed a one-page manifesto of support during the roundtable discussion on Bt eggplant held on September 4 in Davao City. The one-day event was organized by the South East Asia Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in...

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