Archive for December, 2007

Sea Cucumber Protein Used to Inhibit Development of Malaria Parasite

According to an article on the Science Daily website, scientists have been able to genetically engineer a mosquito that is able to release a protein found in sea cucumbers that may help impair the development of parasites known to cause malaria. The said research states that this new development may be the next step towards discovering new methods in trying to prevent the eventual transmission of malaria by mosquitoes. An international team of scientists which included Professor Bob Sinden from …

Traitor Technology in GM Crops

Questions and concerns among the vigilant public has continuously raised alarm over the development of GM crops by some biotech firms making use of the so-called “Traitor” technology. The Traitor technology is similar to the so-called Terminator technology that renders the next generation of patented commercial GM seeds sterile. But they differ in terms of how they are used in GM seeds. But their purpose is to limit the proprietary use of seeds by farmers. Traitor technology, along with the Term…

GM Crops to Fight World Hunger

Biotechnology proponents who are pushing for more countries to accept GM crop cultivation have been presenting it as a means to fight world hunger. In fact, when looking at it more extensively, genetic modification truly may have the means to help fight off world hunger that has been a perennial problem in many of the poorest nations in the world. Developing better yielding crops through genetic modification can have a great impact on the fight to lessen world hunger. But is it really the focus …

GM Crops Around the World

The United States today is known to be the leading producer of genetically modified crops. After all, it was in the United States that the technology behind genetic modification of crops was extensively developed and improved. From there, the technology and the resulting products were exported to other countries where a variety of genetically modified crops are also now being grown. The United States still remains on top when it comes to the most number of genetically modified crops being grown …