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Here's what happens when GMO antagonists get together for a friendly chat

Here's what happens when GMO antagonists get together for a friendly chat | BiotechRegulation | Scoop.it
With Monsanto and anti-GMO activists sharing a stage, you might expect fireworks, or illumination, or even both. Instead, this event was almost chummy.
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Perhaps we *are* on the right path...
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It seems to me that GMO technology and the companies that developed it, accompli.. | GMO Answers

It seems to me that GMO technology and the companies that developed it, accompli.. | GMO Answers | BiotechRegulation | Scoop.it
It seems to me that GMO technology and the companies that developed it, accomplished what the public wanted in reducing the use of pesticides.
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Stats and links to pesticide reduction afforded by adoption of GE tools.
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As FDA rejects mandatory GMO labeling, some ‘green’ groups advocate vandalism | Genetic Literacy Project

As FDA rejects mandatory GMO labeling, some ‘green’ groups advocate vandalism | Genetic Literacy Project | BiotechRegulation | Scoop.it
FDA commissioner's science-based support for voluntary labeling of GMOs disappointed anti-GMO campaigners, some of whom are now advocating ripping up biotech
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Golden Rice Opponents Should Be Held Accountable for Health Problems Linked to Vitamin A Deficiency | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Golden Rice Opponents Should Be Held Accountable for Health Problems Linked to Vitamin A Deficiency | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | BiotechRegulation | Scoop.it
By 2002, Golden Rice was technically ready to go. Animal testing had found no health risks. Syngenta, which had figured out how to insert the Vitamin ...
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This is pretty "out there" statement for SciAm!

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The Value of Genetically-Modified Crops for Weed Control

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"A dramatic reduction in tillage has been driven in large part because of the effective weed control possible with GM crops, and this has improved everything from soil erosion to carbon capture in soil organic matter (for a review on this topic see Shaw et al. 2012). At the same time, the GM technology has relied on chemistries which are extraordinarily non-toxic to animal life."

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GM salmon: Will supermarket wariness sabotage rollout of first genetically engineered animal? | Genetic Literacy Project

GM salmon: Will supermarket wariness sabotage rollout of first genetically engineered animal? | Genetic Literacy Project | BiotechRegulation | Scoop.it
With the FDA close to approving the AquAdvantage GM salmon, wariness by supermarkets and aggressive opposition from anti-GMO NGOs raises questions about whether it will survive in the marketplace.
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It is amazing to me that ANYthing has spent 17 years navigating the regulatory maze.

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Monsanto Company's Plan to Silence Its Critics and Save the Honeybees (DOW, MON, SYT)

Monsanto Company's Plan to Silence Its Critics and Save the Honeybees (DOW, MON, SYT) | BiotechRegulation | Scoop.it
Monsanto is widely viewed as Public Enemy No. 1 when it comes to protecting the nation's honeybees, but the agricultural biotech company is developing new technology that could make it a honeybee's best friend. - Maxx Chatsko - Energy
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RNAi research to turn off disease-causing genes offers new hope - The Boston Globe

RNAi research to turn off disease-causing genes offers new hope - The Boston Globe | BiotechRegulation | Scoop.it
In 1998, two researchers made a startling discovery with enormous potential: They could attack diseases by turning off the genes that provide them with their malevolent energy. The scientists, from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Stanford University, had come up with a way to block, or “silence,” genes by using strands of ribonucleic acid, or RNA, to interfere with the genes’ normal production of proteins. Remove the proteins and the diseases fed by them would go away. But by the time Craig Mello and Andrew Z. Fire were rewarded for their breakthrough with the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2006, their big idea, RNA interference, had failed to produce breakthroughs. But “there’s been significant progress” over the past decade, said Andre Turenne, at Genzyme, which recently signed a development deal with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals.
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Creating Tastier and Healthier Fruits and Veggies with a Modern Alternative to GMOs

Creating Tastier and Healthier Fruits and Veggies with a Modern Alternative to GMOs | BiotechRegulation | Scoop.it
By combining traditional plant breeding with ever-faster genetic sequencing tools, researchers are making fruits and vegetables more flavorful, colorful, shapely and nutritious
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Scientists react to republished Séralini GMO maize rat study | Genetic Literacy Project

Scientists react to republished Séralini GMO maize rat study | Genetic Literacy Project | BiotechRegulation | Scoop.it
The GLP posts a collection of the responses from scientists worldwide to the republication of a controversial animal study on GM corn and herbicide that had
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Here we go again ... <rubs temples>

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EU Nations Set for Breakthrough on Biotech-Crop Cultivation Law

European Union governments may agree to let individual member countries ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops so EU nations that favor such seeds can plant them, ending years of legislative deadlock.
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Too good not to share... We Are All #Monsanto

Too good not to share...  We Are All #Monsanto | BiotechRegulation | Scoop.it
Is #Monsanto as evil as we are led to believe? An ex-anti-GMO activist takes a closer look at what we're all upset about. . . . → Read More: We Are All #Monsanto
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Monsanto's new app makes weed ID easier

Monsanto's new app makes weed ID easier | BiotechRegulation | Scoop.it
Growers looking to identified unusual weeds in their fields can now turn to the phone and the new Weed ID app from Monsanto.
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Can you get E.coli poisoning from GMOs? | Genetic Literacy Project

Can you get E.coli poisoning from GMOs? | Genetic Literacy Project | BiotechRegulation | Scoop.it
Can you get E.coli poisoning from GMOs? | Layla Katiraee | March 25, 2014 | Biofortified
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Probably only a matter of time before this 'logic' gets applied to bioreactors and fermentation systems.
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Computer Controlled Aerosol Generator with Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Inhalation Testing Capabilities | National Institutes of Health

This invention pertains to a CDC-NIOSH developed sonic aerosol generator that provides a controllable, stable concentration of particulate aerosol over a long period of time for aerosol exposure studies. Specifically, in situ testing data indicate uniform aerosol stability can be maintainable for greater than 30 hours at concentrations of 15 mg/m3 or more. Additionally, the technology was specifically developed for, and validated in, animal studies assessing exposure to airborne multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT). It has been suggested that workers may be at risk for exposure to nanosized particles during the manufacture, handling, and cleanup of engineered nanomaterials. Compared to other technologies, this NIOSH aerosol generator is particularly helpful when used for generating high testing concentrations of MWCNT aerosols that more accurately represent particulate levels that may be seen in a workplace environment. 
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It's a shame NIOSH didn't explore a non-animal method for doing this work, although in order to do this it is probably preferable to establish the assay in an in vivo system first.

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FAO - News Article: Steady increase in incidents of low levels of GM crops in traded food and feed

FAO - News Article: Steady increase in incidents of low levels of GM crops in traded food and feed | BiotechRegulation | Scoop.it
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Betting Big on Precision Ag - Modern Farmer

Betting Big on Precision Ag - Modern Farmer | BiotechRegulation | Scoop.it
It’s hard to believe, but seed planting hasn’t changed much in the last century. But as John Deere and Monsanto move big into precision farming, high-tech solutions may be shaking all that up.
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"Ultimately, the competition between the two companies seems to be shaping into an Apple vs. Google-style tech war — a version of the Microsoft v. Apple debate, about the virtue of open versus closed systems. John Deere is Apple, selling physical technology with their proprietary software built-in, while Monsanto is Google, selling software-as-a-service that farmers can download to their tablets and computer-controlled tractors."

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USDA ERS - Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States

USDA ERS - Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States | BiotechRegulation | Scoop.it
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The latest and greatest on GE crops from the USDA Economic Research Service.

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