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Nobel Prizes, funded through the last will of Swedish chemist and inventor Alfred Nobel, have been issued since 1901 to honour outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, and literature, and for work in peace. (Pi Frisk photo copyright Nobel Media AB, 2015)

Nobel laureates urge Greenpeace to stop opposing GMOs

Washington | Reuters — More than 100 Nobel laureates called on the international environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday to end its opposition to genetically modified crops, saying there is a scientific consensus they are safe and can benefit society. At a news conference, the scientists cited in particular the value of a genetically modified rice […] Read more

A new technique for “biocontainment” of GMOs may allow the technology to be used to make microbes for uses ranging from producing yogurt to cleaning up toxic waste. (Peggy Greb photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Scientists create ‘genetic firewall’ for new forms of life

New York | Reuters — A year after creating organisms that use a genetic code different from every other living thing, two teams of scientists have achieved another “synthetic biology” milestone: They created bacteria that cannot survive without a specific manmade chemical, potentially overcoming a major obstacle to wider use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). […] Read more