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Q: The anti GM Lobbyists often refer about the research carried out in EU. How far these research findings in EU are reliable?
Posted On: Friday, 8/09/2013 2:33 am
Answered By: Andy Hedgecock, Director, Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer on Monday, 12/09/2013 4:07 pm
A: I can’t comment on the quality or credibility of a research study without the specific reference, but I will say that the body of scientific evidence is more important than any one individual study. In the case of biotechnology, the body of evidence overwhelmingly points to the safety of biotech crops for people and the planet. Major scientific bodies and regulatory agencies around the world have reviewed the research on GM crops and reached consensus on their safety. That includes the EU... Continue Reading
Q: Can you please explain, in layman's terms, how you 'genetically' alter a seed? What exactly does that mean? How does it change the structure?
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 9:53 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Friday, 12/06/2013 1:57 pm
A: Kevin Folta, Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida, recently answered the question, “Can you describe in detail the process by which genes are altered in foods?” His response, available here, includes an infographic which depicts the different methods of plant breeding. An excerpt from his response is also included below: “The process of genetic engineering is a more precise method of genetic modification. Only one, or maybe a few... Continue Reading
Posted On: Sunday, 8/04/2013 1:30 am
Answered By: Denneal Jamison-McClung, Associate Director, UC Davis Biotechnology Program on Thursday, 12/05/2013 7:35 pm
A: A promoter is the main regulatory portion of a gene. The simplest analogy is that a promoter is a “switch” that turns a gene “on” or “off.” It is the portion of the gene where cellular machinery binds before transcribing the DNA blueprint into a useful RNA. There are different types of RNA that may be transcribed, including messenger RNA’s (mRNAs) that encode useful proteins and regulatory RNAs that mediate gene silencing. But, the first step is always binding of an RNA... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 4:31 pm
Answered By: Denneal Jamison-McClung, Associate Director, UC Davis Biotechnology Program on Thursday, 12/05/2013 7:22 pm
A: High school science standards in California require students to learn the fundamentals of cell biology, genetics, evolution and ecology, topics that form a theoretical knowledge base supporting the applied science of biotechnology. Biotechnology is taught in many middle school and high school life science classes, including single unit modules within a course, stand-alone biotechnology elective courses, and structured multi-year academies that interact with local research universities and... Continue Reading
Posted On: Friday, 8/09/2013 2:45 am
Answered By: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com on Thursday, 12/05/2013 3:52 pm
A: It’s nearly impossible to catalogue in one place all of the exciting research happening across the globe and the many innovative products being developed by public institutions, private companies and through public-private partnerships. In addition to the number of traits being developed to address weed resistance, destructive pests and diseases, drought-tolerance, saline-tolerance and nitrogen uptake, there are many, like Golden Rice, focused on improving staple crops in Africa and Asia... Continue Reading