The crop in question is a insect-resistant maize for human consumption. Ministers and diplomats from 19 of the 28 EU countries opposed approval, but that’s not enough to reject the crop. There will likely also be a proposal on GM cultivation that would allow individual member states to ban GM crops if they wished.
This allow gene modification trials of more than 200 varieties of rice, wheat, maize, castor and cotton. There is still a hearing in the Supreme Court about this, following an anti-GM petition.
These aren’t the first genetically modified monkeys to been born, but apparently the new “CRISPR/Cas technology” is a more efficient way to alter their DNA.
Part of an interesting series of posts on whether GMOs live up to promises. In the case of decreasing herbicide use and improving the environmental impact, is seems that there is indeed data to back up industry claims.
When caution trumps opportunity – opinion piece from a Cornell scientist
“Bio-safety regimes empower officials over farmers. Scarce public resources are wasted in surveillance and control.” Apparently, in 2012 genetically engineered crops grown in developing countries exceeded total acres grown in the developed countries for the first time.
In Hawaii citizens are collecting petition signatures from fellow voters.
Fun pictures introducing some novel uses of genetic modification. Glow-in-the-dark cats: using a virus scientists inserted the gene for green fluorescent protein (originally from jellyfish, GFP is widely used in scientific research). The intention is to genetically modify cats to give them human diseases for research. ‘Enviropig’ has been genetically altered to produce less phosphorus in its manure to reduce water pollution when manure is used as fertiliser. There are also cabbages which produce scorpion venom, modified so that it is still poisonous to caterpillars but not to humans.