Perhaps this year's protests at the annual BIO meeting won't be so lackluster, as a report from the biotech advocacy group International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications says farmers planted a record number of genetically engineered crops last year. The most common crops were corn, soy, and cotton, and according to the report, much of the yield from those 252 million acres went to feeding livestock.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

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