Archive for June, 2007

Consumer Acceptance of Genetically Modified Food

A lot of biotech companies have been strongly driving the industry to be accepted by more and more consumers. A lot of them has been saying that genetically modified foods would be the next big thing and that would help curb world hunger. Biotech food products are the result of research and studies done by scientists in trying to develop ways in trying to combine the favorable characteristics of different plants. The experts try to do this through gene transfer wherein genes from different plant…

How Changing a Trees Genes Can Change Its Size

Genetic modification is now being used to help control the height of mature trees. An article from the ScienceDaily website (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070618134342.htm) reported that forest scientists from Oregon State University have been able to successfully control the height and growth of trees which can range from as high as 50 feet to as small as a few inches. The success of the study shows that it is possible for scientists to control tree growth as well as other charac…

The Ethics of Genetic Modification

Genetic modification has come along way into trying to usher the world into the future not only in agriculture but also in other sectors as well including medicine and the other sciences. Continuous research on the subject has allowed many GM experts to further hone their knowledge and applying it into a number of applications that aim to improve and enhance human lives. Such an aim is truly admirable if everyone associated with the science of genetic modification stays in that realm alone. But …

Biofuel: A Burden On The Food Supply

Genetically modified crops are not only good for improving harvest yields bound for consumption as food. There are also other means of using such crops for the betterment of human existence. And with GM crops having recently come under fire for unanswered questions as to their safety as food, biotech companies needed other uses for the crops that they have developed or still under development stages. And one possible use is developing genetically modified crops for the production of biofuels. Wi…

Scientists Succeed in Genetically Modifying Mini Chromosomes in Maize

An article in the ScienceDaily website http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070514170827.htm  reports that scientists from the University of Missouri-Columbia has been able to successfully find a way to genetically engineer mini chromosomes in maize and attach genes that can add better characteristics depending on the genes used. Through this newly discovered practice, scientists may be more able to create and develop plants that can have multiple desired traits as well as more likely to…