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Asia-Pacific sits out global march for science (10 May 2017)
When scientists joined non-scientists on Earth Day (April 22) to march for science and against climate change, the vulnerable Asia-Pacific region, and much of the developing world, were conspicuously missing.

From kale to cows: Modern supermarket full of foods genetically modified by humans (16 May 2017)
Here are just a few of the modern supermarket offerings that we have been genetically modifying for centuries.

ISAAA presents 2016 annual report on GM crops adoption in Beijing (10 May 2017)
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) launched its 2016 report titled Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2016. Two launch events were held on May 4 and 5, 2017 in Beijing, China.

GM drive against malaria: Treading the fine line (2 May 2017)
An international group of scientists is pushing a ground-breaking DNA editing programme known as “mosquito gene drive” for a long-term solution to the spread of malaria in Africa.

Rescue old data before it’s too late (16 May 2017)
If we don’t act soon to preserve past records, invaluable knowledge will be lost.

CRISPR catch-up (9 May 2017)
The hegemony of the CRISPR system as a gene-editing therapy is not as assured as its use as a tool in basic research

Hybridizing transgenic Bt cotton with non-Bt cotton counters resistance in pink bollworm (8 May 2017)
A strategy for combating resistance by crossing transgenic Bt plants with conventional non-Bt plants and then sowing the second-generation seeds is reported. This strategy yields a random mixture within fields of three-quarters of plants that produce Bt protein and one-quarter that does not. An 11-y field study in China shows this strategy countered resistance to Bt cotton of pink bollworm, one of the world’s most devastating pests. This outcome illustrates that non-Bt plants in a seed mixture can boost survival of susceptible insects and delay resistance.

PM Narendra Modi government rethinking plan to get GM food in India for the first time ever? (15 May 2017)
A day after the environment ministry put out a detailed note (FAQs) on its website that clearly indicated that it was favourably inclined to give the nod to the high-yielding, insect-resistant genetically engineered mustard hybrid DMH-11, it withdrew the same without any credible explanation.

Why Scientists Are Welcoming Nod to Commercial Production of GM Mustard (15 May 2017)
While activists may be up in arms against the approval for commercial production given to genetically modified mustard, by the government’s apex transgenic product regulatory body, senior scientists seemed to be happy with the move. Speaking to News18, scientists working with different institutions said that they welcomed the approval given to DMH11 (Dhara Mustard Hybrid 11), developed by Delhi University’s Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants, led by Deepak Pental, former vice-chancellor of the university.

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