Archive for April, 2009

Benefits of GM Brewer’s Yeast

One of the many problems facing commercial brewers today is the inefficiency in lager brewing. Another problem is that the fermentation process produces unwanted byproducts. Genetic modification of yeast may just have the solution for these problems.A recent research shows that fermentation of beer carried out using genetically engineered brewer’s yeast may lead to more efficient lager brewing. It also shows that GM yeast may result in a lower environmental footprint. The study was conducted by …

Genetically Modified Food Labeling

Consumer responses and public attitudes are the factors that will define the role of genetic modification in our society in the long run. So it’s important to look at public responses and attitudes towards biotechnology applied to agriculture and food. One of the major issues is the labeling and packaging of GM foods.How would you know that what you eat is genetically modified?You can’t taste, see, or smell that your potato or rice has been genetically engineered. But you can check the packaging…

GM Viruses Found to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

Researchers from Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have genetically modified viruses that defeat bacterial defense systems, which could enhance the effectiveness of antibiotics. This new approach could also kill bacteria that have already developed antibiotic resistance. The results of the study were published in the March 2, 2009 online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),…

Bad Mix of Bacterial Remnants and Genetics Lead to Arthritis

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 40 million Americans report they have been told by their doctors they have rheumatic condition such as arthritis. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the country, limiting the activities of about 19 million people.A recent study provides new insight about one of the causes of inflammatory arthritis: bacteria. Researchers from the Netherlands and the United States show that NOD2, a specific gene, triggers…