FDA approves genetically engineered pigs for food and transplants

Pigs that have been genetically engineered to be free of a molecule that triggers meat allergies have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On Monday (Dec. 14), the agency approved these swine, known as GalSafe pigs, for both human food consumption and potential therapeutic purposes, such as use in xenotransplantation (or transplants […]

Are you genetically more similar to your mom or your dad?

“He’s the spitting image of his dad!” Or: “She’s her mom’s clone — except for the nose. Clearly from her father’s side of the family.” As we watch kids grow up, we tend to look for likenesses between them and their parents. So which parent contributes more genetically? The answer depends on whether you’re asking […]

Cucurbit downy mildew pathogen has two genetically distinct host-adapted clades

Field work in North Carolina Credit: E. C. Wallace, K. N. D’Arcangelo, and L. M. Quesada-Ocampo Cucurbit downy mildew is a devastating disease for the United States cucurbit industry, which includes cucumbers, watermelon, squash, and pumpkin. The disease has caused major losses in North Carolina, which has significant cucumber and watermelon acreage. To help growers […]

Are corals genetically equipped to survive climate change? — ScienceDaily

In 1998, ocean temperatures soared, and the world experienced its first significant coral bleaching event. From the Great Barrier Reef to Indonesia to Central America, corals turned white and ghostly. Many of them died. And this was just a hint as to what was to come. Over the following two decades, the bleaching became more […]