Archive for January, 2008

A New Way of Boosting Vitamin A Content of Corn Found

According to an article from the Science Daily website, a team of scientists have developed a pioneering approach towards boosting the levels of provitamin A in corn through selective breeding. Provitamin A is the nutrient that is converted to vitamin A upon being consumed. This new development will someday help improve the nutritional status of people in developing countries that use corn as a staple crop. The team that developed the novel approach is composed of scientists from Cornell Univers…

A Look at GM Soybeans

When it comes to genetic modification of plants, the soybean initially comes to mind. GM soybean is one of the most widely planted genetically modified plants in the world today. The GM soybean, otherwise called as the Roundup Ready (RR) soybean, was developed by the biotech giant Monsanto and made it commercially available to farmers in 1996. It was developed to make the plant survive being sprayed on with the non-selective herbicide, Roundup, which can kill conventional soybean plants. The GM …

Efficient Biofuel with Genetically Modified E. Coli Bacteria

According to an article in the Science Daily website, researchers have been able to develop a method of producing biofuels by genetically modifying the E. coli bacteria and making it into an efficient biofuel synthesizer. A team of researchers from UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, made up of professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering James Liao, visiting professor Taizo Hanai and post doctoral fellow Shota Atsumi, modified key pathways in the E. coli bacteria…