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Singapore's environmental agency and Alphabet-owned health care company Verily intend to release Wolbachia-carrying biotech male mosquitoes in the city using Verily's artificial intelligence acumen.

 

Source: Futurism, 18 September 2018.

The USDA and the FDA will partner to hear public discussion about the possible hazards related to lab-grown meat products and techniques to control such hazards. Also included in the discussion will be labeling and naming issues, such as using the terms "clean meat," "lab-grown," "cell-based" or "plant-based" for lab-grown products.
 
Researchers from Michigan State University used Nannochloropsis oceanica and Mortierella elongata, species of marine alga and soil fungus, respectively, in biofuel production.
 
Kansas State University received funding from the Kansas Wheat Commission to advance development of biotech wheat. The university uses CRISPR-Cas9 to cut out undesired parts of the wheat's genes to make it more resistant to disease and tolerant of drought.
 
AquaBounty Technologies said it sold 4.5 tons of biotech salmon in Canada to a buyer company, which used the fish to produce high-end sashimi. AquaBounty did not disclose the name of the buyer but said customers will not be able to tell the difference between AquaBounty's fish and nonbiotech salmon.
 

Scientists from the Institute of Molecular Plant Biology in Switzerland have utilized genome editing to accelerate breeding for modified starch in cassava. They used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit genes controlling flowering (FLOWERING LOCUS T) and amylose production (GBSS and PTST1). Results showed reduced or eliminated amylose content in cassava starch.

 

Source: ScienceAdvances, 5 September 2018.

Scientists were given permission by the government of Burkina Faso to release up to 10,000 biotech mosquitoes with the goal of eliminating malaria in the region. The biotech mosquitoes contain a sterile male mutation that will prevent them from producing offspring, researchers said.
 

Scientists at the Australian National University have engineered tiny carbon-capturing engines from cyanobacteria into plants. Increased photosynthesis capacity could help boost the yields of important food crops such as wheat, cowpeas and cassava.

 

Source: ANU, 3 September 2018.

Scientists were given permission by the government of Burkina Faso to release up to 10,000 biotech mosquitoes with the goal of eliminating malaria in the region. The biotech mosquitoes contain a sterile male mutation that will prevent them from producing offspring.
 
India's Genetic Engineering Approval Committee has requested that the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India finalize draft guidelines for regulating imports of processed foods containing bioengineered ingredients. The FSSAI estimates it will need about nine more months to complete the guidelines, which as drafted require labeling for all foods comprising 5% or more bioengineered ingredients.
 
Scientist Jon Oatley is developing a biotech pig using CRISPR technology that doesn't produce sperm so it can be injected with desirable traits from another male, speeding up the selective breeding process.
 

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