Some of science’s most interesting stories arise from accidents or unexpected results. Sir Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin is probably the most famous example, but a more recent discovery could lead to a way to block disease transmission between insects and, ultimately, lead to healthier humans and less crop damage.
It's common wisdom that one rotten apple in a barrel spoils all the other apples, and that an apple ripens a green banana if they are put together in a paper bag. Ways to ripen, or spoil, fruit have been known for thousands of years. Now, scientists have traced the thousands of genes in a plant that are activated once ethylene gas is released.
Field workers at an Eastern Oregon wheat farm were clearing acres for the bare offseason when they came across a patch of wheat that didn't belong. The workers sprayed it and sprayed it, but the wheat wouldn't die. Their confused boss grabbed a few stalks and sent it to a university lab in early May.
A dozen years after a customer revolt forced Monsanto to ditch its genetically engineered potato, another company aims to resurrect high-tech spuds. This month, tuber processing giant J.R. Simplot Co. asked the U.S. government to approve five varieties of biotech potatoes. They're engineered not to develop ugly black bruises.
Oregon lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on several bills to require labels on genetically modified food and prohibit importing genetically modified fish. Supporters say consumers should know what kind of food they are buying at the grocery store.
Scientists have identified patterns of epigenomic diversity that not only allow plants to adapt to various environments, but could also benefit crop production and the study of human diseases.
Scientists are reporting an advance in re-engineering photosynthesis to transform plants into bio-factories that manufacture high-value ingredients for medicines, fabrics, fuels and other products.
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EPA approved camelina, energy cane, and renewable gasoline as cellulosic and advanced biofuels that can meet the Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements. Additional pathways await approval.
A new study shows that resistant starch helps the body resist colorectal cancer through mechanisms including killing pre-cancerous cells and reducing inflammation that can otherwise promote cancer.
Reports that milk in the Balkans has been contaminated by a cancer-causing toxin have triggered a major health scare throughout the region, with authorities appealing for calm before official tests are conclusive. Senior agriculture official Goran Jesic claims on his website that out of 35 tested...
Vernon Hugh Bowman seems comfortable with the old way of doing things, right down to the rotary-dial telephone he said he was using in a conference call with reporters. But the 75-year-old U.S. farmer figured out a way to benefit from a high-technology product, soybeans that are resistant to...
The research center largely responsible for launching the "green revolution" of the 1960s is now planning to develop more genetically-modified seeds to help farmers in the developing world grow more grain in the face of changing climate conditions and increased demand. Donations of $25 million...
Wheat breeders have developed a higher-yielding soft white winter wheat, known as Kaseberg, that is also resistant to the disease stripe rust.
For several years, neurologists have been building a case that a link exists between pesticides and Parkinson's disease. To date, paraquat, maneb and ziram have been tied to increases in the disease, not only among farmworkers but in individuals who simply lived or worked near fields and likely inhaled drifting particles. Now, researchers discovered a link between Parkinson's and another pesticide, benomyl.
A new study that finds the earliest solid evidence of cheese-making. Scientists performed a chemical analysis on fragments from 34 pottery sieves discovered in Poland to determine their purpose. Until now, experts weren't sure whether such sieves were used to make cheese, beer or honey.
Various molecular techniques produce higher yields and more resistance.
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The TaqMan Genomic Assay (Applied Biosystems) line, for real-time PCR gene expression analysis, has been expanded to include model organisms Arabidopsis and Drosophila.
GlaxoSmithKline Uses HIV Resistance Testing
Report calls for better annotation
by Robert Ford A five-year agreement between Mississippi State University (MSU), Starkville, Miss., and Toxin Alert Inc., Toronto, Canada, plans to provide research funding to the university for the development of large-scale antibody production in tobacco plants.
by Elizabeth Tolchin and Vivien Marx The origin of the recent case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, in the United States was determined