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Science Not Ideology
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Further down the line, genome editing may make it possible to precisely engineer more complex traits, such as photosynthesis efficiency. But it could be a long time for these innovations to translate into yield boosts, writes Edd Gent at Singularity Hub.
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"Proposition 65 labels pretty much everything carcinogenic, including matches, aloe vera, soda pop, Christmas lights, fishing poles, and even Disneyland," writes Michelle Miller at Ag Daily.
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Farmers could one day control when their crops ripen after the development of genetically modified rice that flowers on demand.
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Many scientists were hesitant when the March for Science was announced. When the Center for Biological Diversity was announced as a partner, I worried that some of these fears were justified, writes Stephan Neidenbach at Medium.
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"A major problem with biofortified transgenic crops is their public acceptance and the lengthy regulatory process needed before they get clearance for cultivation and human consumption," writes Italian researcher Giovanni Giuliano in the journal Current Opinion in Biotechnology.
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Scientists have genetically engineered Artemisia annua plants to produce twice as much artemisinin, which could lower the cost of malaria treatments.
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Which organizations promote ideology over science in the debate over crop biotechnology? The list includes some of the most well-known old-guard environmental groups, many of which have taken a sharp turn towards rejection of empirically-based science.
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There are legitimate concerns about the rapid pace of genetics research. But some of the most well-known groups seen as ‘science defenders’ and arguing for increased regulations have adopted ideological positions often at odds with empirical science.
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“Rather than having to manufacture these devices using high-tech approaches, we could literally pick them off of a tree,” said Bill Murphy, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of biomedical engineering.
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Commercial thermal cyclers can cost $2,000 and come in inconvenient, clunky sizes. Gaurav Mittal says his finished product will be a sleek, 4-inch-by-4-inch cube.
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