First US Field Test of GM Mosquitoes Begins in Florida
First US Field Test of GM Mosquitoes Begins in Florida
After years of push back, the first batch of Oxitec’s engineered mosquitoes, designed to reduce population numbers, have been released in the Keys.
First US Field Test of GM Mosquitoes Begins in Florida
First US Field Test of GM Mosquitoes Begins in Florida

After years of push back, the first batch of Oxitec’s engineered mosquitoes, designed to reduce population numbers, have been released in the Keys.

After years of push back, the first batch of Oxitec’s engineered mosquitoes, designed to reduce population numbers, have been released in the Keys.

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FDA Clears Genetic Modification in Pigs for Biomedicine and Food
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.
The Long Road to Edible Cottonseed
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
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.
Infographic: Plant Genome Editors Get A New Tool
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
Genetically Modified Fashion
Kate Yandell | Jun 20, 2013
Scientists have engineered silkworms to produce fluorescent fabrics.
Debate over Glowing Plants Grows
Debate over Glowing Plants Grows
Bob Grant | Jun 5, 2013
A Kickstarter project that promises donors Arabidopsis seeds transfected with firefly genes is causing a stir.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2013
June 2013's selection of notable quotes
GM Salmon and Wild Fish Can Reproduce
GM Salmon and Wild Fish Can Reproduce
Bob Grant | May 30, 2013
Genetically modified Atlantic salmon, which could soon become the first transgenic animal sold as food in the U.S., can breed with wild brown trout to produce a GM hybrid.