Genetic Engineering and Society

Oct 14, 2016 | Science Friday

Scientists Develop a Hornless Cow Through Gene Editing

Researchers have developed a method to remove dairy cows' horns through gene editing. The team inserted a gene from the naturally hornless Angus breed to create hornless Holsteins. Have they developed a new type of cow, or are they just speeding up the breeding process? Jennifer Kuzma, Genetic Engineering and Society Center, discusses the future of biotechnology in agriculture, what defines a “genetically modified organism,” and how these technologies might be regulated.

Sep 16, 2016

Mosquitoes, Zika and Biotech Regulation

In a new Policy Forum article in Science, NC State professor Jennifer Kuzma argues that federal authorities are missing an opportunity to revise outdated regulatory processes not fit for modern innovations in biotechnology.

Sep 6, 2016 | Wired

Genes Might Be Helping the Tasmanian Devil Fight Off Face Cancer

Increasingly, genetic techniques are giving conservationists new strategies to protect endangered species smarter and faster. Jennifer Kuzma, School of Public and International Affairs, featured.

Aug 21, 2016 | Boston Globe

Staying Ahead of Technology’s Curves

Alongside the explosion of new technologies over the past 20 years has come a conspicuous flowering of the discipline known as technology assessment. The term describes the attempt to understand what the economic, social and environmental effects of new technologies might be. Jennifer Kuzma, Genetic Engineering and Society, featured.

Aug 3, 2016 | PBS Nova Next

Editing Out Pesticides

The gene editing technique known as CRISPR shows promise for crop development, including some popular wines. What are the benefits? What are the risks? Jennifer Kuzma, Genetic Engineering and Society Program, featured.

May 11, 2016 | Aeon

New Genetic Engineering is Slipping Past Old Regulations

There is a longstanding tension between innovation and regulation in genetic engineering, as policymakers have struggled to balance the benefits of innovation with the need to address safety concerns. But with recent advances, the tension has begun to snap. Jennifer Kuzma, Genetic Engineering and Society, featured.

May 2, 2016

Kuzma Named to National Committee on Biotechnology

NC State University professor Jennifer Kuzma will lend her expertise to a national committee studying the future of genetic engineering. The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently named Kuzma to the Committee on Future Biotechnology Products and Opportunities to Enhance Capabilities of the Biotechnology Regulatory System.

Dec 1, 2015

NC State Interdisciplinary Hub Tackles Science, Ethics, Policies Around GMOs

Debate over genetic engineering rages on. NC State’s Genetic Engineering and Society Center is in the thick of those discussions, and that’s right where its faculty and students want to be. To learn more about the interdisciplinary center, check out the video created by advanced digital video students.

Nov 18, 2014

Think and Do No Harm

An interdisciplinary team of NC State students -- including doctoral students from Humanities and Social Sciences -- won first place in an international synthetic biology competition this month for designing a Web-based decision-making tool to help people innovate responsibly.

Aug 20, 2012

Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes: What the Public Thinks

Researchers from NC State University have conducted the first nationally representative survey in the United States to gauge public opinion on the use of genetic manipulations to drive down mosquito populations and related diseases. While public support varies, depending on how the mosquitoes are characterized, a plurality opposes the effort when potential risks are explained.