genetically modified organisms

0 Kenyan farmers skeptical, lack knowledge about GMOs

A diseased stalk of maize in western Kenya. Malava, Kenya – With a maize disease spreading across western Kenya, farmers are in need of seed alternatives and some are advocating the use of seeds genetically modified to fight disease. However, genetically modified crops (aka GMOs, genetically modified organisms) are not…

0 Lacking a dengue vaccine, scientists tinker with skeeter genes

It’s rarely on most Americans’ minds, but worldwide dengue is a big killer. And it’s spreading fast. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are anywhere from 50 to 100 million people infected every year with dengue — including a very small, but increasing number of Americans…

0 Fighting malaria with fungus, seaweed and suicide genes

In today’s Science magazine, American and British researchers report that infecting mosquitoes with a fungus given toxic genes may help fight malaria. Earlier this week, another group of scientists said they think seaweed in Fiji may hold promise for developing new anti-malarial drugs. Some are inserting “suicide genes” that curb…