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Adapting with a Little Help from Jumping Genes
Long lambasted as junk DNA or genomic parasites, transposable elements turn out to be contributors to adaptation.
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Adapting with a Little Help from Jumping Genes
Adapting with a Little Help from Jumping Genes

Long lambasted as junk DNA or genomic parasites, transposable elements turn out to be contributors to adaptation.

Long lambasted as junk DNA or genomic parasites, transposable elements turn out to be contributors to adaptation.

ABOVE: Modified from © istock.com, artacet

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bio business
Companies Use CRISPR to Improve Crops
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 1, 2019
The agritech industry is editing plant genomes to feed a growing population, expand the produce aisle, and make tastier, more convenient food products.
Image of the Day: Slimy Business
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 13, 2018
A new study reports finding corn species in Mexico that can trap nitrogen.
Image of the Day: A-maize-ing!
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | May 3, 2018
By combining alleles involved in plant height, an agricultural scientist has grown the world’s tallest cornstalk, breaking his own record set in 2017.
Bt Corn Associated with Higher Yields, Less Insecticide Use in Neighboring Fields
Shawna Williams | Mar 13, 2018
An analysis of 40 years of data also finds declines in pest populations after the introduction of the GM crop.
Opinion: Hidden Environmental Cost in Green Solutions
Meredith Richardson, Praveen Kumar | Jun 30, 2017
The inclusion of soil nutrient fluxes is critical for more-accurately assessing the societal value of ethanol biofuel vs. corn feed.
Record-Setting Corn Grows 45 Feet Tall
Jef Akst | Apr 1, 2017
A plant breeder succeeds in growing a huge maize plant thanks to a known mutation and a few environmental tricks.
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Sep 1, 2015
Brain Storms, Orphan, Maize for the Gods, and Paranoid.
Small Genetic Change Yields Edible Corn
Amanda B. Keener | Jul 13, 2015
Researchers attributed corn’s soft, edible casing to a single DNA base swap in its ancestor’s genome.
GM Study Declared Unsound
Jef Akst | Nov 29, 2012
A controversial study that suggested genetically modified (GM) maize causes cancer in rats is dismissed by the European Food Safety Authority.
Anti-GM Crop Study Gets Audited
Beth Marie Mole | Sep 25, 2012
European agencies will evaluate a recent study that links genetically modified corn to early death.
Drought-tolerant corn trials underwater
Bob Grant | May 26, 2011
Agribusiness giant Monsanto is finding out that it's difficult to conduct field trials of drought-resistant corn when it won't stop raining. The company hopes to launch a new line of corn seed that's been genetically engineered to thrive in drough conditions by 2013.