The Future of Agriculture

Have you ever spent hours in the grocery store looking for blueberries, only to be told that they are out of season and not available at the store? Yeah me neither, blueberries aren’t that special. But fruits and veggies might always be “in season” thanks to Mirai, an indoor farm in Japan that can produce…

Escaping Regulation: Gene Editing in Bio-Agriculture Companies

Bio-agriculture companies are using technical loopholes to avoid regulations by utilizing new methods for gene editing. Since 1986, the Agriculture Department (AD), Environmental Protection Agency, and the Food and Drug Administration share the oversight of crops. Usually GMOs fall under the jurisdiction of the AD, which is responsible for protecting American crops from plant pests.…

Bio-Incubator for Synthetic Biology Companies Launched at Indian Insititute of Technology-Madras

Synthetic biology is ready to start flapping its wings in southern India. The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) located in Chennai has launched a bio-incubator assisted with 120 Million USD of funding from the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a body of the central government. In an effort to promote entrepreneurship in India, the central government has…