Genetically Modified Organisms and Food Biotechnology
Are There Pesticides in Some GMOs?
Some GMOs express a protein from a bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) that kills insects. Is this a reason to be concerned about eating these GM-crops? Not really. Read why there is little reason to be concerned about Bt-GMOs.
Food Allergies, Intolerance, and Genetic Engineering
Groups concerned about the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) often cite concerns about the dangers of unknown allergies from engineered food sources. How significant is this concern? Is it hype or a real danger? (Published: Dec 19, 2013)
The Truth About GMOs
Why are GMOs talked about and thought of as a category? Genetic modification refers to how the strain of plants were made, not what they are. GMOs really have no distinct characteristics as a class yet there are constant debates about them. It's about time to drop the myth that all GMOs are somehow similar. (Posted: Dec 4, 2013)
Synthetic Biology: The Next Step in Genetic Engineering
Genetic engineering usually refers to just inserting or altering genes in animals or plants to make a genetically modified organism. What about making a whole new organism from scratch? (Posted: Nov 5, 2013)
RNA Interference (RNAi): From Drugs to GMOs
RNA interference (RNAi), discovered 15 years ago, has provided an essential tool for researchers trying to understand the function of genes. Therapeutics use of the technology has also finally made headway as the first RNAi drugs are being approved. Now, the technology is being used to make crops pest-resistant. (Posted: August, 27, 2013)
The Strange Bird We Bring Home for Thanksgiving Dinner
Selective breeding can produce some strange results beyond anything done with genetic engineering. Take the modern domestic turkey, for example...
Breeding Versus Engineering to Make Drought Tolerant Corn
Three strains of drought resistant corn are current making their way to farmer’s fields. Two of the strains, from Syngenta and Pioneer, were developed using advanced genetic breeding approaches, whereas Monsanto’s corn was developed using genetic engineering. While both approaches were somewhat successful, it is clear these are the first...
Should GM Foods Be Labeled?
The question of labeling food containing GMOs is not the same as the question of whether there are risks associated with genetically modified food. It is easy to think that GM food is fine and also believe it should be labeled. But, does it really make sense? Is there a reason to specifically label GM food? For some thoughts about the debate,...
The Controversy of Genetically Modified Food
Although genetically modified (GM) food has been on supermarket shelves for almost 15 years, there is still extensive controversy about whether it is safe. Anti-GM group continue to sound the alarm regarding its potential risks dangerous. Why is there such controversy about GM food and crops and is there still a reason to be concerned about...
Genetically Modified Food: How Did We Get Here?
Starting with the launch of the Flavr Savr Tomato, the first genetically modified organism (GMO) approved for sale as food in the mid-1990s, food containing GMOs has become a significant part of the stock in US, Canadian, and Asian grocery stores. About 70% of US processed food sold contains genetically modified (GM) crops. A revolution in...
What Are GMOs and How Are They Made?
If you want to understand the basic procedure for genetically engineering plants and animals, take a look at this article.
Can Genetically Modified Food Feed the World?
Advocates for genetic engineering of crops used for food point to benefits such as providing better and more nutritious, potentially solving world hunger by increasing crop yields, fortifying foods to ensure the poor are getting proper nutrition. However, genetically modified (GM) foods have been available since the mid-nineties. Has their...
What are GMOs?
GMOs are making news nearly every day and issues surrounding their safety are a source of ongoing debate in the food and biotechnology industry. Read about what GMOs are and why they are a source of bioethical controversy.
Examples of Agricultural Biotechnology
Biotechnology is often considered synonymous with biomedical research, but there are many other industries which take advantage of modern developments in biotech and the new methods for studying, cloning and altering genes. One of these is the agricultural industry.
Developments in food biotechnology have had numerous impacts on how food is produced, packaged, tested and preserved. Many of the changes have meant undisputable improvements to our safety and health, while others are more controversial.
Playing Around with Genes in Your Spare Time
The emerging trend of DIY biotechnology has some worried and others excited. More and more, people are putting our ever advancing knowledge of how to design and manipulate living organisms to use in solving everyday problems. Who are these biohackers, what are they working on, and how do they support their efforts? (Posted: Nov. 27, 2013)