Two decades ago, the Flavr Savr tomato emerged from a lab, spliced with new genes. Today, you probably eat a GMO almost every day without knowing it. What's next in the battle over knowing what—exactly—is in our food?
Closing the global "food gap" is going to require a major effort. But given that the world tosses away one-quarter of all calories it produces, the challenges seem solvable with fresh ideas and thinking.
This synthetic biology project that uses firefly genes placed into bacteria has drawn the attention of the government, which maybe doesn't want just anyone messing with genetics to be distributed to the masses.