2019-03-25 A New Way to Farm? FDA is Hesitant

From nutrition to food manufacturing, science and technology have changed what we eat. Gene editing is at the frontier of current food science research, and biotechnologist Alison Van Eenennaam hopes it will revolutionize farming. Her goal is to make farming more efficient and more humane. She has been attempting to conduct experiments using "CRISPR" (a family of clustered DNA sequences) to engineer a new strain of gene-edited cattle better suited to the needs of the beef industry. Gene editing differs from the transgenetic process used in GMOs (genetically modified organisms) because GMOs transfer genes from one species to another. Gene editing simply modifies the genes already present in a single species. Van Eenennaam argues that her gene editing experiments on cattle should be treated differently from GMOs because they do not use transgenes. Nonetheless, the FDA believes the experiments are too risky for both the people's and the animals' welfare. What do you think? Should we genetically manipulate cattle to suit the needs of the beef industry? Get more details here.

 

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