Recent gene editing discovery could make gluten safe for all consumers

When we think of gene editing, our minds might go to stories of giving new traits to humans, or editing animals to be more disease-resistant. We might not think of plants, first. But the reality is, gene-editing in plants could have some of the more practical and important applications in the future, better positioning our […]

Gene-edited chickens may help limit bird flu

When avian influenza, or bird flu, strikes, it can be hazardous to human health and potentially devastating for the poultry industry.

Unlike some animal diseases, some strains of bird flu can affect humans, and over the years numerous high-profile outbreaks have garnered attention to these viruses. And every time there’s a reported case, poultry producers […]

Gene-edited pigs resistant to major viral disease

Using advanced genetic techniques, a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh have produced pigs that are potentially resilient to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) — an infection that costs the swine industry billions of dollars each year.

Studies have shown that the PRRS virus targets immune cells called macrophages. According to the […]

Will genetically “edited” food be regulated? The case of the mushroom

If you snip a bit of DNA from a vegetable, but do not add any new genes, does that vegetable qualify as a genetically modified organism, or GMO?

It’s a hot question for government regulators, and it’s no longer theoretical, an article explains, as a researcher at Penn State University, has used a popular gene […]