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Concern over plans to release genetically modified chestnuts trees into natural forests

Researchers are currently seeking approval to release fertile, genetically engineered American chestnuts into natural forests. Chestnuts trees While scientists envision a future of forests filled with genetically modified trees on one hand, some observers, on the other hand, however fear that approving the plan would set “a disastrous precedent”. The observers, who are basically activists, insist that it is erroneous ...

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Biosafety regulators to develop pathways for transgenic mosquitoes

GM mosquitoes

The Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, has said there is the need to accelerate the development of regulatory pathways for genetically based vector control methods such as transgenic mosquitoes. Creating transgenic or genetically modified mosquitoes Transgenic denotes an organism that contains genetic material into which DNA from an unrelated organism has ...

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COVID-19: Agency says safe modern biotechnology can ensure food security

Dr Rufus Ebegba

Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, has said that the issue of the adoption of safe modern biotechnology products to ensure food security and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic is key to the development of the country. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) The Director General said ...

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Renowned geneticist cautions against adoption of GMO crops

Dr. Melaku Worede

A renowned Ethiopian geneticist and agronomist has cautioned against the adoption of a genetically modified (GM) variety, saying that it could pose a serious threat to the tremendous genetic and biological diversity of the country. Dr. Melaku Worede Dr. Melaku Worede, a plant geneticist and former Director of the Ethiopian Plant Genetic Resources Centre, said that any move to improve ...

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GMOs: What we eat must not eat us

Nnimmo-Biosafety

Nnimmo Bassey, Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF, in his welcome words) at the Media Training on Biosafety (themed: “Promoting Biosafety in Nigeria”) held in Benin City, Edo State on Friday, March 24 2017, laments that the many myths around modern agricultural biotechnology are being peddled regularly by the industry promoting genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their team ...

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Shedding some light on genetic modification

GMOs

Many may be wondering what informed the title of this piece particularly the term “genetic modification” or more appropriately “genetic engineering”. The choice is simple: to join the discussion and highlight what an earlier article captioned: “What they do not tell you about genetic modification (II)”, published by Dr. Kabril az-Zubair on page 33 of the Sunday Trust newspaper on 20th December, ...

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US approves GM salmon for consumption

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Federal regulators last Thursday in the US approved a genetically engineered salmon as fit for consumption, making it the first genetically altered animal to be cleared for American supermarkets and dinner tables. The approval by the Food and Drug Administration caps a long struggle for AquaBounty Technologies, a small company that first approached the F.D.A. about approval in the 1990s. The agency made ...

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How modern biotechnology can create 25,000 jobs, by Ebegba

Rufus Ebegba

The Federal Government’s determination to diversify the economy as a result of the challenges in the oil sector has set it to develop immutable strategies that would ensure the creation of no fewer than 25,000 jobs annually from the biotechnology sector. A statement by the Director-General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NABMA), Mr. Rufus Ebegba, issued on Tuesday said modern ...

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GMOs and unhealthy fixation, by Saletan

William Saletan

The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud, writes William Saletan in a recent edition of Slate (www.slate.com). Saletan, a politics, science and technology writer, insists that labelling them will not make mankind safer They Want You to Be Overwhelmed Is genetically engineered food dangerous? Many people seem to think it is. In the past ...

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Civil society, farmers oppose US human trials of Uganda-bound ‘super banana’

GM bananas

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), a Pan African platform comprising civil society networks and farmer organisations working towards food sovereignty in Africa, has submitted an Open Letter to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Wendy White from Iowa State University and the Human Institutional Review Board of Iowa State University, expressing fierce opposition to the human ...

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