Naturally saffron-flavored rice? Here’s how scientists are using genetically modified tobacco and lemon to recreate the world’s most expensive spice – Genetic Literacy Project

Biotechnology mass-produces valuable molecules from nature, from drugs to textiles to a jellyfish protein that lights up most anything a glowing green. Now add saffron to the list.To cooks, saffron is a bright yellow spice derived from Crocus sativus flowers, aka “saffron crocus.” The dried red threads at the blooms’ centers are used to season and color foods. Popular for thousands of years, saffron comes today mostly from Iran. It’s used to infuse meats, grains, salads, and even to color marshmallows molded into baby chick shapes for Easter.Saffron has medicinal potential. The main pigment crocin may be useful as a neuroprotectant, an antidepressant, a sedative, and an antioxidant.
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Environmental and Economic Impact of GM Crop Use from 1996 to 2020- Crop Biotech Update (October 26, 2022) | ISAAA.org

Environmental and Economic Impact of GM Crop Use from 1996 to 2020- Crop Biotech Update (October 26, 2022) | ISAAA.org
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Orange-colored bananas? New variety packed with 10x the vitamin A developed in Uganda provides essential nutrients for children and pregnant women – if approved – Genetic Literacy Project

Research has shown promising results, with the transgenic banana variety having 100 percent vitamin A content. The fortified variety has a more golden colour when compared with ordinary bananas.
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80% of EU citizens recognize differences between gene edited crops and GMOs. What does that mean for CRISPR crop regulations? – Genetic Literacy Project

Four out of five European citizens recognize the profound differences between new breeding techniques like gene-editing and the old GMOs.
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Researchers in Japan Identify Genes to Help Crops Against Flooding- Crop Biotech Update (October 5, 2022) | ISAAA.org

Researchers in Japan Identify Genes to Help Crops Against Flooding- Crop Biotech Update (October 5, 2022) | ISAAA.org
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CRISPR is 10: A decade of gene editing refinements presents new ways to address ‘ agricultural diseases thought to be incurable – Genetic Literacy Project

Because CRISPR applications promise so many benefits, we are impatient to see them realized. Indeed, we may complain that the development of CRISPR therapies is too slow.
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Tweaking crops to prevent disease and reduce pesticide use — a CRISPR solution – Genetic Literacy Project

Applying new CRISPR-based technology to a broad agricultural need, researchers at the University of California San Diego have set their aims on a
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Prospective UK precision breeding bill could unshackle gene editing from outdated GMO regulations – Genetic Literacy Project

“There is a huge body of scientific evidence that modern genetic manipulation tools, whether that’s CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing or other methodologies, are frankly safer than the methodologies that have historically been used for the last hundred years,” said Neil Ward
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