Scientist report the development of a transgenic cotton plant resistant to a common insect pest.

A recent paper in Nature Biotechnology describes cotton that has been genetically modified with an insecticidal protein found in ferns, which might be a safe solution to this issue. Based on these experiments, it looks like cotton that has been genetically modified to express the insecticidal protein might be a viable option for farmers who are looking to increase their yields. However, this is the first study that characterized this protein as a potential insecticide, so further study is definitely needed before any transgenic cotton will become available on the consumer market.