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Strong decrease in field trials with genetically modified plants in the EU
The number of field trials with genetically modified plants has fallen by about 80 per cent since 1998 in the countries of the European Community. This is shown by a survey of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Karlsruhe, compiled together with the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (Spain), and Hohenheim University for the European Commission.... View News Article (2003-04-14)

Register Now for UK Festival of Science
As science becomes increasingly specialised the Festival offers a rare opportunity to discover more about all areas of scientific research. From the big questions of science such as the beginning and possible end of the Universe to more specific issues such as Genetically Modified Crops, the Festival illuminates current scientific thinking. The full festival programme is available now at... View News Article (1999-07-02)

Slowing insect resistance to genetically modified crops
Genetically modified Bt crops are now widely used in the USA. These crops contain genes from bacteria that make them toxic to some insect pests. A central concern in regulating these genetically modified crops is the risk of insects evolving resistance to the Bt toxins. To reduce this risk, the "high dose/refuge" strategy is now being used, in which non-Bt fields (refuges for insect pests) are... View News Article (2002-10-30)

Genetically modified eggplants (aubergines) shown to be 30% more productive
Research, published in the online journal, BMC Biotechnology shows how researchers in Italy have used genetically modified eggplants made by the introduction of a gene that increases the level of the plant hormone indole acetic acid (IAA) to produce seedless fruits. Furthermore, these genetically modified eggplants are 30-35% more productive than conventional varieties in both greenhouse and... View News Article (2002-04-26)

Gone With the Wind? - The Amendment to the Law on "Green Genetic Engineering" Inhibits Innovation and Research in Germany
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) sees the draft amendment to the Genetic Engineering Act as a restriction on innovation and research in Germany. If the amendment were to be passed in its current form it runs the risk, in the opinion of the DFG, of putting German researchers at a considerable disadvantage on the international playing field. This is the key... View News Article (2004-06-09)

New TB vaccine approach shows promise in mice
An experimental vaccine composed of a genetically modified bacterium closely related to the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB) has been found to protect mice against TB infection. View News Article (2011-09-07)

"Facts needed, not just opinions": Risk assessment research initiated to determine effects of genetically modified plants on soil ecosystems
Do genetically modified plants present a risk to the environment? "Most of the arguments used both in support and against the use of genetically modified crops to date have not been based upon facts, but rather emotion," claims George Kowalchuk of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). The NIOO is now trying to gather the necessary facts to determine how genetically modified... View News Article (2001-06-11)

Genetically modified crops and the countryside
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is presenting some current research at BBSRC-sponsored institutes into the environmental impact of genetically modified (GM) crops. Come and talk to the scientists who carry out this work, and find out more about on-going research in this area. View News Article (1999-06-14)

Unexpected turn in diabetes research
Years of diabetes research carried out on mice whose DNA had been altered with a human growth hormone gene is now ripe for reinterpretation after a new study by researchers at KU Leuven confirms that the gene had an unintended effect on the mice's insulin production, a key variable in diabetes research. View News Article (2015-01-20)

GM Foods: The Splice of Life?
Many hundreds of millions of consumers around the globe have eaten, knowingly or unknowingly, foods that have been genetically modified (GM) or contained ingredients from genetically modified sources with no reports of illness resulting from such consumption. Nevertheless, from a European perspective, GM technology applied to food is not trusted by the consumer and in the UK all supermarket... View News Article (2000-02-08)

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