Tracking India's wealth
India has come out with maps of its biodiversity-rich regions, one of the first countries to do so in the world. It was the fruit of a five-year …
Can the Grim Reaper wait, please?
A timeless dream: eternal youth, unblemished by illness. The search for the font of immortality has taken a late 20th century turn into what …
Mesoamerican masters of biotechnology
Maize is undeniably humanity's greatest, and the first, feat of genetic engineering. But the success story cannot be attributed to modern humans. …
Selling God's secrets
After 20 years of scepticism, increasing sales have finally convinced industries that genetic engineering holds the key to the future.
Bt for Better Times?
Good weather, illegal Bt seeds raise Punjab's sagging cotton yields
Weeds acquire strange resistance to herbicides. Nature seems to go haywire. And causing all the confusion are genetically modified organisms, …
The aromatic enigma makes basmati a clear winner among grains. The lack of knowledge of what traditional basmati is and an inability to take …
Debating GM crops: Let sound science, and so good sense, inform it
The Paris-based International Council for Science, a federation of more than 100 national science academies, has come out with the biggest review …
Poor regulation good reason to sideline Bt brinjal
MIAMI GROUP VS rest of the world
Are genetically modified organisms a miracle that will solve the world's hunger problems or a menace that will threaten human health, environment …
The age of discovery
Research in rice genomics could be the key to eradicating hunger through environmentally sustainable methods, says Latha Rangan
On November 10, 2002, people wearing 'Bollgard' caps visited cotton farmer R Narsimha Reddy at his home in Aleru, a village in Nalgonda, Andhra …
Back in f(l)avour
Entry of high yielding hybrid rice has spelt doom for traditional diversity in the Konkan belt. Thanks to a science academy, the ancient legacy …
A sticky label
US biotech industry gears up to play dirty in Europe
There is a rush to cash in on micronutrient deficiency in India through fortification of food
Test tube brinjal
Indian regulators are keen to clear Bt brinjal for commercial cultivation. This would be India’s first genetically modified food crop. If …
Two global meetings chart a course for weeding out biopiracy
The powers that be are hanging fire on Bt cotton despite long and intensive research. Indira Khurana delves into the baffling issue
GM crops: Here to stay
The Indian government is dead keen on GM crops. But what about a policy first?