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Killer Pollution, Predicting Droughts, Salmon Spawning, and More in the Environmental Science News Source

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Food & Sustainability, Nutrition, Food & Beverage, Agriculture (Food/Food Science), Agriculture, genome editing, Genomics, Breeding, Sustaibability

Benson Hill Biosystems Launches the First Fully Enabling Genome Editing System for Crop Improvement

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Benson Hill Biosystems today announced the commercial launch of Edit, powered by CropOS™, the first complete genome editing system made accessible to partners for the development of improved crops. Edit system combines the analytical power of Benson Hill’s CropOS™ computational platform with a robust portfolio of novel genome editing nucleases to create the first comprehensive genome editing system. Edit is designed to optimize plant characteristics such as flavor profiles, nutrient-density, and environmental sustainability with greater speed and precision than previously possible.

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World Food Prize, Gene Editing, Dupont, agtech, Food Security

DuPont Pioneer and Danforth Center Collaborate to Apply Cutting-edge Technologies to Improve Crops for Smallholder Farmers

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The Danforth Center is applying CRISPR-Cas technology to staple food crops such as cassava and sorghum to produce planting materials with improved disease resistance, nutritional value and enhanced resilience to biotic stresses.

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Cancer, Cancer Treatment, Cancer Prevention, Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Advances, breast cancer and diet, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Awareness, ER-negative breast cancer, ER-positive breast cancer, ER-positive tumors, Epigenetic, epigenetic alterations, Cancer and Diet, cancer and food, plant-based diet, Chemo Preventatives, Cruciferous

Plant-Based Diet Converts Breast Cancer in Mice From Lethal to Treatable Form

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Researchers use compounds found in a combination plant-based diet to successfully prevent and treat ER-negative breast cancer in mice.

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Synthetic Biology, cloning system, Multi-gene assembly kit, DNA assembly, Genome Sequencing, Medicines, Fuels, Bacteria Genomics, yeast genetics, Plant Genetics

SimPath Licenses Novel ORNL System for Enhanced Synthetic Biology

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SimPath has licensed a novel cloning system developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that generates and assembles the biological building blocks necessary to synthetically bioengineer new medicines and fuels.

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Plant Disease

UF Scientists Act as Plant Detectives to Identify Disease

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Most recently, scientists with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences discovered some novel pathogens that may damage Florida tomatoes. Their findings could be critical to keeping Florida’s $437 million-a-year tomato industry strong. Thanks to their early findings, the industry faces no immediate threat.

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Maize, NSF, Danforth Center, Food, FUEL, Agriculture, Genetics, St. Louis

National Science Foundation Funds Multi-Institutional Project to Improve Harvests of One of the Most Important Crops in U.S. Agriculture

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The collaborative project brings together expertise in molecular genetics, developmental genomics and statistics to meet the food and fuel demands of a growing population.

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Researchers Identify Gene to Help Hybrid Wheat Breeding

Australian researchers at the University of Adelaide have identified a naturally occurring wheat gene that, when turned off, eliminates self-pollination but still allows cross-pollination – opening the way for breeding high-yielding hybrid wheats.

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$900K NSF Grant Helps Wake Forest Researchers Look for the Big Picture in Big Data

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Thanks to a $900,000 award from the National Science Foundation, Wake Forest University researchers are examining how the plant hormone ethylene affects growth and development of the roots of Arabidopsis thaliana, which is a genetic model used to provide insight into other plants.

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UW Researchers Discover an Evolutionary Stepping Stone to Beet-Red Beets

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Writing this week (Oct. 9, 2017) in the journal New Phytologist, University of Wisconsin–Madison Professor of Botany Hiroshi Maeda and his colleagues describe an ancient loosening up of a key biochemical pathway that set the stage for the ancestors of beets to develop their characteristic red pigment.







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