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Advisors Back New Biotech Pesticide While Seeking Further EPA Review

EPA science advisors are backing EPA’s plan to register a pesticide product that uses RNA interference after finding the agency’s review has quieted past concern about RNAi. Some advisors are calling for additional testing of potential risks, including to species that dwell in sediment and soil.

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First Step Taken Toward Epigenetically Modified Cotton

Scientists have produced a ‘methylome’ for domesticated cotton and its wild ancestors, a powerful new tool to guide breeders in creating cotton with better traits based on epigenetic changes. It’s an important step towards a new way of improving crops, called epigenetic breeding, say researchers. Read more

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NYT Blasts GMOs on Yield, Pesticide Claims

GMO technology is often under fire by critics who make various health and safety claims. Proponents typically respond that GMO crops use fewer pesticides and generate higher yields. A recent article from the New York Times, “Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops,” is challenging those assumed benefits.[…]

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