Gelatin made with human DNA will make snacks safer

Gelatin is an essential ingredient in gummy snacks and marshmallows, not to mention vaccines and drug capsules. Manufacturing it is a messy, inconsistent process, but now scientists can create perfect gelatin with human DNA. The only obstacle seems to be our own squeamishness. » 11/08/12 1:48pm 11/08/12 1:48pm

Hi-tech neon 'GloFish' could threaten natural species

Back in 2003, biotech company Yorktown Technologies developed a genetically modified fluorescent fish that was neon-bright and glowed in the dark under black light. Since that time, the company has sold millions of these "GloFish," which have made their way into various living room aquariums and sushi bars. But now… » 9/05/12 11:20am 9/05/12 11:20am

Feeding the world might require undoing 10,000 years of plant…

The world is potentially headed into a serious food crisis, thanks to a combination of climate change, land degradation, and depletion of natural resources. And the solution to all this might mean taking plant species back to before their domestication. » 4/26/11 4:10pm 4/26/11 4:10pm

Supreme Court Hearing Its First Case About Genetically Modified Crops

The U.S. Supreme Court has been hearing arguments on whether a genetically engineered pesticide-resistant alfalfa violates the National Environmental Policy Act. The case pits organic farmers against Monsanto, whose genetically altered alfalfa could spread its genes to neighboring crops, via cross-pollination and… » 4/23/10 11:00am 4/23/10 11:00am

Prosthetic Limbs that Fuse with Your Skeleton

Your next prosthetic arm will be almost as good as the one you were born with: It will fuse with your existing skeleton. Veterinarians at North Carolina State University have developed a technique for attaching prosthetic limbs directly to the underlying bone structure in the remaining limb portion. Called… » 7/29/08 8:00am 7/29/08 8:00am