genetic engineering http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Wash U Researchers Trick Cells Into Moving Toward Light http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wash-u-researchers-trick-cells-moving-toward-light <p></p><p>Researchers at Washington University have genetically-engineered cells to react to light.</p><p>By taking light-sensing receptors from the eye — called opsins — and inserting them into immune cells, the researchers were able to trick the cells into moving toward a laser beam, in the same way they would move toward a bacterial infection.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/B_4enTKu2dU" width="550"></iframe></p><p>Washington University molecular biologist N. Gautam led the research.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 22:49:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 25237 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wash U Researchers Trick Cells Into Moving Toward Light If Genetically Modified Apples Don't Brown, Can You Tell If They're Rotten? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/if-genetically-modified-apples-dont-brown-can-you-tell-if-theyre-rotten In the fairy-tale world, a shiny red apple can lead to a poisonous end. But some see two genetically engineered green apple varieties, poised to become the first to gain U.S. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 18:04:44 +0000 4706 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org If Genetically Modified Apples Don't Brown, Can You Tell If They're Rotten? Monsanto gives $4.2 million to block GMO labeling http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/monsanto-gives-42-million-block-gmo-labeling <p>Monsanto is leading the fight to block <a href="http://ag.ca.gov/cms_attachments/initiatives/pdfs/i1044_11-0099_%28genetically_engineered_food_v2%29.pdf?">a California ballot initiative</a> that would require labeling of food with genetically modified ingredients.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 20:30:07 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 4348 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Monsanto gives $4.2 million to block GMO labeling Insect scientists urge action against growing pest problem in biotech corn http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/insect-scientists-urge-action-against-growing-pest-problem-biotech-corn <p>Insect scientists say federal regulators need to take action against a growing pest problem in biotech corn.</p><p>They say corn rootworm has started to become resistant to Monsanto&#39;s Bt corn, which is genetically engineered to resist the damaging and costly pest.</p><p>The 22 scientists expressed their concerns <a href="http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0922-0013">in a letter sent to EPA</a> earlier this week.&nbsp;</p><p>University of Illinois insect behaviorist Joseph Spencer was one of them.</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 23:43:55 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3249 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Insect scientists urge action against growing pest problem in biotech corn Monsanto and Sapphire Energy to collaborate on algal gene research http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/monsanto-and-sapphire-energy-collaborate-algal-gene-research <p><a href="http://www.monsanto.com/Pages/default.aspx">Monsanto</a> is entering a multi-year research collaboration with San Diego-based <a href="http://www.sapphireenergy.com/">Sapphire Energy</a>.</p><p>Sapphire specializes in genetically-engineering algae with the goal of producing drop-in replacements for fuels like gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.</p><p>The collaboration between Sapphire and Monsanto will focus on identifying genes that positively affect growth in algae and that might also increase agricultural crop yields.</p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 18:32:28 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 677 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Monsanto and Sapphire Energy to collaborate on algal gene research