A premium breed of sea bass could soon make its way to the table at homes and in eateries with the help of local aquaculture start-up Allegro Aqua. Unlike other fish in the market, the St John’s sea bass can be bred in 30 per cent less time and is less susceptible to diseases.
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in China has succeeded in using a gene editing technique to get silkworms to produce spider silk. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes the technique they used and the quality of the silk produced.
There may be concerns with genetically modified organisms (GMO), but the effectiveness of gene editing in developing more productive plants and animals for the agriculture industry can not be argued. With the rise of cheap and simple gene editing technologies, more and more breeds of animals and plants are being bred and raised with edited genetic code.
According to research carried out in China, the genetic modification of pigs to help them digest their nutrients could help reduce the carbon footprint of the pork industry.
Animal geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam has six calves that are rather unusual. Most people might not pick up on what’s odd, but close inspection, and knowledge of bovine genetics, reveals that none of the calves have horns despite being a mix of breeds that typically have them. Even more surprising? The calves’ hornless state wasn’t bred into them — Van Eenennaam and her colleagues edited their genes using the new CRISPR technology.
A biotechnology company is upgrading a defunct fish farm where it plans to grow AquAdvantage Salmon — the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption as food. Read more