Trump orders simpler path for genetically engineered food

Politics 06/11/19, 19:13

President Trump wants to make it easier for genetically engineered plants and animals to enter the food supply, and he signed an executive order Tuesday directing federal agencies to simplify the "regulatory maze" for producers. The move comes as companies are turning to newer genetic engineering techniques that make it easier ...

Study: Genetic test predicts middle-aged obesity risk

Health 04/18/19, 10:07

Can a genetic test identify newborns at risk of becoming severely obese by middle age? Researchers say they have come up with one, and that it might allow interventions in childhood to avoid that fate.The test examines more than 2 million spots in a person's genetic code, seeking variants that ...

Study: Aegean farmers replaced hunters of ancient Britain

Europe 04/15/19, 11:23

A wave of migrants from what is now Greece and Turkey arrived in Britain some 6,000 years ago and virtually replaced the existing hunter-gatherer population, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature.Scientists examining samples of ancient remains dating as far back as 8500 BC found the dark-skinned ...

NASA twins study explores space, the final genetic frontier

Science 04/11/19, 13:06

From his eyes to his immune system, astronaut Scott Kelly's body sometimes reacted strangely to nearly a year in orbit, at least compared to his Earth-bound identical twin — but newly published research shows nothing that would cancel even longer space treks, like to Mars.The good news: Kelly largely bounced ...

Sydney Brenner, who helped decipher genetic code, dies at 92

Science 04/06/19, 17:01

Sydney Brenner, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who helped decipher the genetic code and whose research on a roundworm sparked a new field of human disease research, has died. He was 92.The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California, where Brenner spent part of his seven-decade career, said he died Friday ...

Government-funded study says red wolves are distinct species

Science 03/28/19, 10:03

A panel of top scientists has concluded the endangered red wolf of the southeastern U.S. is a species unto itself.The study by the National Academy of Sciences gives the beleaguered canine a scientific and political boost as its numbers plummet in the wild.The panel also found the Mexican gray wolf ...

What my DNA told me: Avoid fast food, eat vegetables

Science 03/25/19, 08:23

Avoid fast food, eat vegetables and exercise. It sounds like generic health advice, but they're tips supposedly tailored to my DNA profile.The suggestions come from 23andme, one of the companies offering to point you toward the optimal eating and exercise habits for your genetics. As with most dieting schemes, the ...

Gene-edited food quietly arrives in restaurant cooking oil

Science 03/12/19, 15:46

Somewhere in the Midwest, a restaurant is frying foods with oil made from gene-edited soybeans. That's according to the company making the oil, which says it's the first commercial use of a gene-edited food in the U.S. Calyxt said it can't reveal its first customer for competitive reasons, but CEO Jim ...

US regulators clear path for genetically modified salmon

Health 03/08/19, 17:27

U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light to salmon genetically modified to grow about twice as fast as normal, but the company behind it may face legal challenges before the fish can be sold domestically.The Food and Drug Administration said it lifted an alert had that had prevented AquaBounty ...

Dog DNA testing takes off, and generates debate

Sports 02/11/19, 02:10

As people peer into DNA for clues to health and heritage, man's best friend is under the microscope, too.Genetic testing for dogs has surged in recent years, fueled by companies that echo popular at-home tests for humans, offering a deep dive into a pet's genes with the swab of a ...

Texas wild canines found to have link to endangered red wolf

U.S. 01/13/19, 11:26

Researchers say a pack of wild canines found frolicking near the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast carry a substantial amount of red wolf genes.The finding has led to a new understanding that the red wolf DNA is remarkably resilient after decades of human hunting, loss of habitat and other ...

Nobel chemistry winners regret fear of new developments

Europe 12/07/18, 05:40

Winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry say that excessive concerns about genetically modified foods and other substances can inhibit mankind from benefiting from developments in the field.Frances Arnold from the United States and Gregory Winter of Britain made the comments Friday ahead of Monday's presentation of the prize.The ...

Exclusive: First gene-edited babies claimed in China

Science 11/25/18, 21:40

A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies — twin girls whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.If true, it would be a profound leap of science and ethics.A U.S. scientist said ...

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

Science 11/15/18, 01:03

Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty.A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry.But first, it needs ...

Texas A&M earns USDA approval for cottonseed genetic process

Texas 10/21/18, 05:57

Scientists at Texas &M University have earned federal approval of a genetic process to unleash cottonseed as possibly one of the world's leading sources of protein-rich food.The San Antonio Express-News reports the patent-pending process is known as "TAM66274." The process this month won nonregulation status from the U.S. Department of ...

Study: DNA websites cast broad net for identifying people

U.S. 10/11/18, 14:45

About 60 percent of the U.S. population with European heritage may be identifiable from their DNA by searching consumer websites, even if they've never made their own genetic information available, a study estimates.And that number will grow as more and more people upload their DNA profiles to websites that use ...

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