GMO News

Cibus wrongly claims new gene edited canola traits are non-GMO

The biotech industry’s attempts to muddy the waters about what is genetically engineered and what is not was displayed again recently when gene editing company Cibus issued a press release stating that it “Achieves Critical Milestones for Three Non-GMO Traits to Increase Canola Yield.” The three canola traits were developed using gene editing. Cibus claims […]

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Researchers find persistence of antibiotic-resistant GMO genes in sewage sludge

New findings about genes in GMOs may help explain development of a growing global health threat, antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Biotechnology and Bioengineering published a recent study showing that antibiotic-resistant genes inserted into GM foods are able to withstand conventional wastewater treatments. Washington State University’s Courtney Gardner has received a three-year USDA grant to continue the graduate […]

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Is the bollworm growing resistant to the last defense of Bt corn and cotton?

Entomologists in southern states are reporting that earworm/bollworm caterpillars are feeding on genetically modified Bt corn and Bt cotton designed to kill them, and surviving. These crops express the Vip3A protein, developed by Syngenta to combat increased pest resistance to older Bt Cry proteins, found in three-gene cotton varieties (Bollgard 3, TwinLink Plus) and pyramided […]

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Brazilian scientist called for suspension of GM mosquito trial, said Oxitec treated local population exposed to mosquitoes with contempt

An article in the Brazilian newspaper Rede Brasil Atual said that Dr. José Maria Gusman Ferraz, a member of Brazil’s biosafety commission (CTNBio), which approved the GM mosquito project, called on his fellow regulators to suspend the release of the mosquitoes until further health and environmental impact studies were done. In particular, he highlighted the […]

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GMO mosquitoes spreading out of control in Brazil

According to a new scientific publication, genetically engineered mosquitoes produced by the biotech company Oxitec (Intrexon) have escaped human control after trials in Brazil. They are now spreading in the environment. The yellow fever mosquitos (Aedes aegypti) are genetically engineered to make it impossible for their offspring to survive. After release they were supposed to mate […]

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