genetic engineering

  • Modifying tobacco to create enzymes

    Success in the field could lead to a big future.

    US researchers have genetically engineered tobacco plants that can produce medical and industrial proteins in the fie...

    Biology July 9, 2019
  • A new source of electrical energy

    Proof-of-concept holds great promise.

    It sounds like something from the 1960s, but the “bionic mushroom” could be a tantalising glimpse of the future.US ...

    Energy November 7, 2018
  • Lack of GM in wheat puts global crop at risk

    A genetic fix is in reach, but the will to take action is lacking.

    Genetic modification of wheat for disease resistance could help stabilise global food production if the will can be f...

    Sustainability August 2, 2018
  • Mutant maize

    Tweaking stem cell production may be a path to greater yields.

    The image above shows a tiny, immature ear of maize. It’s no ordinary maize, however: the irregular shape of the tip ...

    Agriculture March 29, 2018
  • Patricia Piccinini's language of flesh

    How her work challenges us to face ethical dilemmas and disturbing new realities.

    THE LONG AWAITED, 2008 Silicone, fibreglass, human hair, plywood, leather, clothing 152 x 80 x 92cm highThe artist,...

    Biology March 22, 2018
  • Scientists engineer sound-reflecting bacteria

    Internal imaging might be revolutionised by living ultrasound signallers.

    Scientists at the California Institute of Technology in the US have genetically engineered bacteria capable of sendin...

    Biology January 7, 2018
  • If you want to propound the science, try a little empathy

    Taking the heat of debate is often more about feelings than facts.

    Why is it that for so many contentious science-based issues, explaining the science has so little impact on public co...

    Biology December 18, 2017
  • Documentary champions science in GMO fight

    In the film ‘Food Evolution’ the underdog is GM technology.

    In this post-truth era it has never been easier to pick and choose the information that will confirm your own bias....

    Society September 27, 2017
  • The cancer genes that disarm the immune system

    The specific genes that let cancer cells skate past the defences of the immune system.

    Mobilizing the forces of the immune system to the fight has changed the game of cancer treatment in recent years.Th...

    Biology August 7, 2017
  • Error-free editing of human embryos achieved

    Method corrects a heart disease gene and avoids past errors.

    Though the jury is out on whether we should try to modify the genes of human embryos, that hasn’t stopped researchers...

    Biology August 2, 2017
  • Editing human embryos with CRISPR

    Genetic modification of embryos raise questions about ethics.

    The announcement by researchers in Portland, Oregon that they’ve successfully modified the genetic material of a huma...

    Society July 31, 2017
  • Mutant fungus uses venom to kill malaria mosquitos

    Fungus that is deadly to mosquitos could help in the fight against malaria.

    A female Anopheles gambiae mosquito killed by the engineered Metarhizium pingshaensei. The fungus is also engineered ...

    Biology June 14, 2017
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