• Precaution is the key

    Unlike traditional breeding techniques, whereby hybrids are produced by transferring genes within varieties belonging to the same species, genetically modified crops involve transfer of genes across species. Thus in the case of Bt cotton, a gene of a soil bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), is inserted into cotton varieties to give them resistance against bollworm pests.

  • International law should govern release of GM mosquitoes

    Your News story 'Sterile mosquitoes near take-off' (Nature 453, 435; 2008) discusses the likely release of genetically engineered mosquitoes to help contain dengue fever. It demonstrates just how close we are to a radically new set of strategies for managing a whole range of diseases and wildlife using genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But after assessing the risks and benefits, nations may reach different conclusions about their use. And that's quite a problem, considering that genetically modified bugs won't recognize national borders. (Correspondence)

  • Proper safety trials must for GM food'

    Rashme Sehgal DR P.M. Bhargava, a genetic scientist widely regarded as the architect of modern biology and biotechnology in India, warns against genetically modified foods being pushed into the Indian market without proper safety trials. "A very dangerous precedent has been set in the country whereby GM foods, like Doritos corn chips, are being sold off the shelf against the law, and Bt cotton being cultivated without a comprehensive risk assessments having been conducted," Bhargava pointed out.

  • GMOs review meeting open to independent scientists

    Sarah Hiddleston Panel agrees to participation by members of civil society also Serious issues raised before the GEAC "I have no problem with GMOs,' says Bhargava CHENNAI: The methods to determine whether GM crops undergoing tests in the country are safe are to go up for review following a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday of the government appointed body responsible for genetically modified organisms .

  • France says yes to GM trials

    while anti-gm lobby is gaining ground in Germany, France retracted its earlier stand and passed the gm crops bill allowing trials. Reports said the bill came through despite majority of the

  • GM concerns in agriculture

    After a controversial entry into cotton, international corporations promoting Genetically Modified crops are trying to expand their reach into food. The promised benefits would appear compelling in an era of food shortages and low productivity, but the uncertainty about their wider impact on human health and the environment underscores the need for strong biosafety regulations. Progress in strengthening biosafety has been slow. That has not, however, prevented the unregula ted spread of GM crops.

  • Scientists warn against GM foods

    By Rashme Sehgal Scientists warn that the genetically modified (GM) foods that are set to hit the market will do so without having undergone mandatory safety assessments. Thirty-two crops are currently being researched across 111 government and 50 private institutes with 14 having entered the trial stage. These, they decry, will increase health risks to the general public. BT brinjal is expected to hit the market within the next six months without undergoing the necessary trials. Switzerland and other European countries have placed a moratorium of 12 years for all GM foods.

  • Food Crisis May Open Door To Genetically Modified Rice

    Some rice-producing nations may drop their reluctance to use genetically modified (GM) seeds in the next few years to help offset a crisis that has forced millions to go hungry, a top expert said. "If we consider the challenges that face us, I think we would be very foolish and actually irresponsible to not invest in the development of GM crops," said Robert Zeigler, director general of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

  • Sterile mosquitoes near take-off

    <p>Malaysia is looking to battle dengue fever by releasing mosquitoes that have been genetically engineered to be sterile. Although these efforts have stirred public concern, the country&#39;s Academy of Sciences is likely to recommend the strategy to the government within a month.</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Original Source</a></strong></p>

  • French Activists Say "Non" To GMO Law

    Hundreds of activists marched in Paris on Tuesday ahead of the expected approval of a law they say blurs the line between natural and genetically modified (GM) foods. The bill lays down conditions for the cultivation of GM crops in France, Europe's largest grain producer and exporter, and creates a body to oversee GMO use. The vote is due to take place late on Tuesday or on Wednesday. Protesters, some wearing yellow hats in the shape of maize cobs and others dressed in white suits imitating scientists, gathered near the National Assembly to voice their opposition.

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