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  1. 19 May '14 15:39 / 2 edits
    http://phys.org/news/2014-05-algal-genes-boost-efficiency-yield.html

    Although they don't mention "GM" here, it is implied because they talk about the research into transferring the more energy efficient part of photosynthesis in blue-green algae (which are actually not true algae nor plants but bacteria ) into green plants.

    I think if they succeed, this would be very good and, as a possible side benefit in this case, the way they do it just may help make crops more heat-tolerant which is perhaps just as well given global warming!
  2. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    19 May '14 18:32
    Originally posted by humy
    http://phys.org/news/2014-05-algal-genes-boost-efficiency-yield.html

    Although they don't mention "GM" here, it is implied because they talk about the research into transferring the more energy efficient part of photosynthesis in blue-green algae (which are actually not true algae nor plants but bacteria ) into green plants.

    I think if they succeed, this w ...[text shortened]... just may help make crops more heat-tolerant which is perhaps just as well given global warming!
    I think they now avoid the GM word like the plague since so many countries are dead set against it.

    I wonder what causes that anyway? Has it been shown that GM mods make problems down the line?
  3. 19 May '14 19:39
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/11/us-gmo-pigs-study-idUSBRE95A14K20130611
  4. 20 May '14 08:12 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by Metal Brain
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/11/us-gmo-pigs-study-idUSBRE95A14K20130611
    I don't despite these scientific findings just as I don't depute any other truly scientific finding.
    Unfortunately, the few relatively rare incidences when GM has caused problems like this have been and will be pounced on by the many morons that are against all GM and used in their propaganda against GM. They will cherry pick those examples where GM has caused a problem while conveniently ignoring the many examples where GM has either succeeded in creating benefits or at least has the potential of creating significant benefits to humanity (I will list such examples, both actual ones and potential ones, on request if someone here insists they don't exist )
    The fact remains, the potential benefits from GM can be made to VASTLY outweigh the potential risks providing a few sensible precaution are taken (such as not leaving a maker gene giving antibiotic resistance in the organism in the final GM organism etc )