It’s still a GMO [Genetically Modified Organism] but the modification was subtle, said Daniel Voytas, lead director and writer of the U of M Middle for Genome Engineering. We made a slight change in the sequence of the plant’s very own DNA rather than adding foreign DNA. The brand new approach gets the potential to help scientists modify plants to create food, fuel and fiber while minimizing concerns about genetically modified organisms For the study sustainably, the experts created a personalized enzyme called a zinc finger nuclease to improve solitary genes in tobacco plant cells. The altered cells were then cultured to produce mature vegetation that survived exposure to herbicides.The College has also became a member of the Vermont Biosciences Alliance and hosted that group’s first event in June 2009. The Alliance seeks to strengthen Vermont’s bioscience market by helping facilitate collaborations among researchers in higher education, health care, government and the private sector. Robert Hamilton, Pharm.D., will serve mainly because the Vermont campus’ Associate Dean and Chief Administrative Officer. He will lead to all academic, professional and community activities for the campus. Dr. Hamilton has offered many roles during nearly 30 years at ACPHS, including chair of the section of pharmacy practice, director of the post-baccalaureate Pharm.D. Plan and director of the College’s continuing professional advancement program.