The SmartFarm Innovation Network will connect researchers, Extension agents, producers, businesses, and other stakeholders in a system that allows for fast exchange of information and data analysis.
What’s controversial about this research is that unlike gene therapies that alter the genes of adults to treat an inherited disease, this research attempts to alter germline DNA.
Individual scientists and scientific societies have called for a moratorium on heritable genome editing in humans, but a moratorium raises the question of when does the moratorium end.
China had regulations against germline editing when the scientist edited two female embryos genes using CRISPR to make them (theoretically) resistant to HIV infection.
The Pirbright Institute has destroyed its stocks of the rinderpest virus, accounted for most of the world's lab samples of rinderpest - one of tonly wo diseases that have been successfully eradicated.
Canned meat products from Hong Kong that entered the Philippines in March and were seized by the government have tested positive for African swine fever.
The biotechnology safety regulations focus on preventing bioterrorism, activities that violate ethics, along with avoiding biosafety hazards.
A Russian molecular biologist says he is planning to produce gene-edited babies, acting against the current scientific consensus that such experiments should be banned until an international ethical framework has agreed on the circumstances and safety measures.
The seizure of 558 smuggled frozen pigs in Bangkok's On Nut area has sparked fears of an African Swine Fever outbreak.
The Czech Republic has been the only country to eradicate African swine fever (ASF) during the re-emeging outbreaks around the world in recent years. They eradicated the highly infectious virus through strict control measures, strict biosecurity, and a coordinated approach to both.