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Friends or Foes: the GMO debate

AuqaBounty Salmon grow to market size in half the time it takes Atlantic salmon.

Love them or loathe them, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are very much part of modern life.

It has been normal practise in livestock breeding to select individuals with desirable traits to breed together in the hope of achieving multiple desirable traits in the offspring.

A simplistic example, crossing a horse known for speed with a horse of desirable coat colour would ideally give you a fast horse with the desired coat colour.

Of course, this form of artificial selection does not always work out exactly as planned every time. This is where GMOs step in.

Today we can insert genes from one species into a completely unrelated species through genetic engineering.

This is like taking the instruction...

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Innovative brain probe allows control of neurons

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Much as it sounds as if you are reading a cool...

Life happens, coffee helps..

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A marker for migratory breast cancer spreading to brain

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Your brain has room for optimism

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New Imaging Tool lights up the Brain

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Professor Jeff William...

Germany leads in new methods for acute stroke treatment

Suddenly somebody is having difficulty speaking, part of their face unexpectedly droops and one arm weakens - you might be alarmed and will call an...

Predicting drug failure in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis
New research has found that it may be possible to determine which rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients will not respond to biologic drugs.


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