Genes and proteins in cells interact in many different ways. Each dot represents a gene; the lines are their interactions
Biotechnology

Researchers at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, have refined the famous CRISPR-Cas method. Now, for the very first time, it is possible to modify dozens, if not hundreds, of genes in a cell simultaneously.

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The Nigerian Biosafety Management Agency has approved the commercial release of genetically modified cowpea. This is a major breakthrough for farmers and scientists as Nigeria will be the first country to cultivate…

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Scientists of the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS) have transferred a biochemical pathway found in sorghum, which produces a weed-killing compound, into rice plants.

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A thirteen-year scientific effort has culminated in a paper published in the journal ‘Science’ on the 17th August: An international research team joined forces to map the genome of bread wheat. The sequence is the first…

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ETH Researchers at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland have genetically modified a key variety of rice, making it very efficient at enriching its grains with iron and zinc.

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An international consortium has sequenced one of the first genomes of a moth from the superfamily Noctuoidea: Spodoptera frugiperda, or fall armyworm. Maize, rice and soybeans are among the plant species attacked by this…

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The analysis of the genetic variability of a thousand pearl millet lines reveals how this cereal survives temperatures over 42 degrees Celsius. This discovery may also help develop climate adaptation strategies in other…

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The delay in approving the use of genetically modified (GM) crops is contributing to malnutrition and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, a study has found. However, the debate about genetically engineered crops remains…

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78 per cent of soybean planted globally were biotech varieties. <br/> Photo: ©FAO/Pius Ekpei
Biotechnology

Over 185 million hectares biotech/GM crops were grown worldwide in 2016, while five countries planted 91 per cent of the global biotech crop area. The most planted biotech crop was soybean, followed by cotton.

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A nano-sized bio-degradable clay-comprising double stranded ribonucleic acid (dsRNA) could offer a cost-effective, clean and green alternative to chemical-based plant pesticides.

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