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    Default FDA finds a surprise in gene-edited cattle: antibiotic-resistant, non-bovine DNA

    Sam Bloch
    August 15th, 2019

    The livestock industry wants to get these animals approved for sale. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about the process, a new study shows.

    How do you get a better cow? You breed it. For decades, cattle ranchers, dairy farmers, and others have relied on a billion-dollar animal genetics industry to get fitter, happier, and more productive livestock, working with specialists to find the best parents in the barn, and paying top dollar for elite semen. It’s a costly process, and some farmers mate selectively for generations before the whole herd comes out right.

    Imagine if that could happen faster—say, in a year or two, instead of decades. That’s the promise of gene-editing, a still-emerging technology in agriculture. Biologists use precision technology, such as CRISPR, to break the double helix, delete sections of those DNA strands, and then insert new genes that can occur naturally in other breeds. Boosters say these “molecular scissors” are a high-tech, rapid update on traditional cross-breeding, which has been practiced since time immemorial.


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    Default Re: FDA finds a surprise in gene-edited cattle: antibiotic-resistant, non-bovine DNA

    A discovery last month by FDA scientists reveal CRISPR Gene-Editing is not the simple, blissful process of ultra-surgical gene manipulation which Biotech PR wants us to believe. These new revelations make absolutely clear that the Federal government's new plan to allow corporations like Monsanto to "self-regulate" has been hasty and reckless.
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