Gene-Drive Technology Being Promoted By Farmers to Fight Infestations That Destroy Crops

December 14, 2017 – Re-engineering a fruit fly to make it sterile may be the answer that Northern California cherry orchard growers say will save their industry. The Spotted-Wing ... Continue Reading →

Rising Sea Levels and Saltwater Intrusion Poses a Growing Threat to Coastal Populations and Farms

November 28, 2017 – Increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere from human activity has led to many unintended consequences: warmer mean atmospheric temperatures, warmer ... Continue Reading →

Wheat Genome Finally Sequenced – This is a Big Deal

November 23, 2017 – Scientists have been sequencing the genome of all kinds of animals and plants for the last two decades. But for a number of reasons wheat has presented a challenge, ... Continue Reading →

GMO in the Headlines This Last Week

November 22, 2017 – The technology behind genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is often associated with images of a “Frankensteinian” world where we humans have taken ... Continue Reading →

Is the World Getting Better?

October 12, 2017 – Just got back from a week away with my wife, daughter, and son-in-law, visiting family in Atlanta, Georgia. Happy to say there were no mass shootings while ... Continue Reading →

GMO Mosquito Technology May Be Our Best Weapon Against The Latest Super Malaria Outbreak

September 22, 2017 – The fear and uncertainty spread by those who feel that genetically modified anything is bad needs to be weighed against mosquito spread infections that are ... Continue Reading →

Agriculture Faces Many 21st Century Disruptors

September 18, 2017 – Our perspective on agriculture is about to go through dramatic changes as this century unfolds. What are some of the disruptive forces at work? Global population ... Continue Reading →

The Power to Control Evolution is Now in Human Hands

August 31, 2017 – A backhoe on a nearby street has kept me from posting new content to 21st Century Tech blog for the last two days. My Internet Service Provider was kind enough ... Continue Reading →

Gene Altering Technique Used to Correct Congenital Heart Disease

August 7, 2017 – When my daughter was born back in 1984 she came into the world with a faulty heart. She had what is defined as a congenital (as in born with) disease that could ... Continue Reading →

New Antioxidant Rice a Product of Genetic Engineering That Could Reduce Fatal and Chronic Illnesses

June 27, 2017 – The “Color Purple” is more than a Steven Spielberg movie. It is the tint of a new genetically engineered variety of rice developed by Chinese researchers ... Continue Reading →