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Man Receives Transplanted Heart from Genetically Modified Pig
The procedure, performed last Friday, is a milestone in a long effort to boost the number of organs available for safe transplantation.
ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, HANNA SOVA
Man Receives Transplanted Heart from Genetically Modified Pig
Man Receives Transplanted Heart from Genetically Modified Pig

The procedure, performed last Friday, is a milestone in a long effort to boost the number of organs available for safe transplantation.

The procedure, performed last Friday, is a milestone in a long effort to boost the number of organs available for safe transplantation.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, HANNA SOVA

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Human kidney in hands stock photo
Surgeons Successfully Transplant a Pig Kidney into a Person
Chloe Tenn | Oct 20, 2021
The achievement bolsters hopes that nonhuman animals could be used to remedy the shortage of transplantable organs.
Two sets of identical twin children sitting
Identical Twins Carry Distinctive Epigenetic Marks: Study
Chloe Tenn | Sep 30, 2021
Researchers found more than 800 sites in the genome where the twins bore the same chemical tags.
An Oxitec mosquito release box from the Florida Keys Friendly Mosquito Project
First US Field Test of GM Mosquitoes Begins in Florida
Christie Wilcox | May 4, 2021
After years of push back, the first batch of Oxitec’s engineered mosquitoes, designed to reduce population numbers, have been released in the Keys.
FDA Clears Genetic Modification in Pigs for Biomedicine and Food
Catherine Offord | Dec 15, 2020
The decision, which concerns the removal of a sugar molecule on the surface of cells in a line of domestic pigs, marks the first time an approval has been granted for both purposes simultaneously.
An aerial view of a harvester in a cotton field
The Long Road to Edible Cottonseed
Shawna Williams | Oct 11, 2019
The FDA recently cleared the way for marketing of the genetically modified product. Texas A&M’s Keerti Rathore speaks with The Scientist about why and how it was developed.
Genetically Modified Wheat Found in a Field in Washington State
Catherine Offord | Jun 9, 2019
The unapproved crop is resistant to glyphosate in the weedkiller Roundup, but doesn’t seem to have entered the food supply.
MO infographic
Infographic: Plant Genome Editors Get A New Tool
Ruth Williams | Feb 1, 2019
Adenine editing enzymes have been adapted for use in plants.
Poliovirus Therapy May Extend Lives of Advanced Brain-Cancer Patients
Ashley Yeager | Jun 26, 2018
More than one-fifth of individuals treated with the genetically modified virus survived at least three years.
Technique Adapted from CRISPR-Cas9 Corrects Mutation in Human Embryos
Catherine Offord | Sep 28, 2017
Researchers use base-editing to swap out an erroneous nucleotide responsible for a potentially life-threatening blood disorder.
45 Feet High and Rising
The Scientist Staff | Apr 24, 2017
Maize enthusiast Jason Karl aims to continue breaking his own records for the tallest corn plants ever grown.
Improving Tomato Flavor, Genetically
Bob Grant | Jan 26, 2017
A sequencing blitz on the tomato genome reveals the genes that contribute most to tastiness.
Plan to Fight Zika with GM Mosquitoes in Florida Faces Opposition
Ben Andrew Henry | Aug 22, 2016
Officials postpone the launch of an experimental program aimed at reducing local mosquito populations with genetically modified insects.
Gene Editing Without Foreign DNA
Ruth Williams | Feb 1, 2016
Scientists perform plant-genome modifications on crops without using plasmids.
Nutrient-Control for GM Bacteria
Jef Akst | Jan 20, 2016
Genetically modified bacteria that don’t survive unless given an unnatural amino acid could serve as a new control measure to protect wild organisms and ecosystems against accidental release. 
How Rice Overcomes Arsenic
Kate Yandell | Oct 20, 2014
Researchers have discovered a transporter protein in rice that sequesters arsenic in vacuoles, preventing the toxic element from traveling into grains.
Glowing Plants Firm Gets Venture Backing
Bob Grant | Aug 13, 2014
After raising more than $450,000 on Kickstarter, a startup making glow-in-the-dark houseplants attracts seed funding from a Silicon Valley venture capital firm.
Fewer Female Mosquitoes, Less Malaria?
Tracy Vence | Jun 11, 2014
Genetic modification approach to control malaria-spreading mosquito populations incites conversations on the ethics of manmade extinction.
GM Rice Researcher Barred from Human Studies
Erin Weeks | Sep 19, 2013
The lead investigator on a controversial study announces her retirement as Tufts releases a report citing ethics violations in genetically modified food research.
Genetically Modified Fashion
Kate Yandell | Jun 20, 2013
Scientists have engineered silkworms to produce fluorescent fabrics.