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Social, environmental and economic issues surrounding GM foods, and the latest news

May 2017 – news round-up

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New from around the web:

DEFRA approves GM potato trials in Norwich

The work at The Sainsbury Laboratory is led by Professor Jonathan Jones, who was really interesting to interview for my forthcoming book (Is that Fish in your Tomato?)

The Changing Global Diet

What we choose to eat will have a huge implication on food security, particularly as diets shift towards more meat and dairy. Explore this with infographics.

Geneticists enlist engineered virus and CRISPR to battle citrus disease

To combat a citrus disease, scientists have used the CRISPR genome editing technique not just on orange trees but also on a harmless strain of a virus. It is hoped that trees infected with this virus will be protected against the disease. CRISPR isn’t subject to the lengthy GMO regulation, so this may allow its creators to leapfrog the GM orange trees which have been in development for years.

General election manifestos fact checked

Nothing to do with GM crops, but everything to do with evidence. The full fact website is fascinating, and useful for anyone who’s skeptical about the accuracy of politicians’ claims (oh, OK, that means useful to everyone!).

Author: Rebecca Nesbit

I am author of a popular science book 'Is that Fish in your Tomato?' exploring the fact and fiction of GM crops. In my work and leisure so far, I have trained bees to detect explosives, used a radar to study butterflies for my PhD, written a novel, taken the train from London to China, organised Biology Week, sold science jewellery on Etsy, and traveled to four continents with Nobel Laureates. Best off all, I've made lots of friends whose support I very much appreciate. Thank you! Please visit my website:

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