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Science Facts & Fallacies Podcast

From CRISPR gene-edited embryos to GMO crops, biotechnology is revolutionizing medicine and farming. Scientists are able to target genetic tweaks, combating urgent global challenges — including hunger, disease, aging and climate change. Sadly, scientific misinformation is rampant in social media and partisan blogs. Join us to explore the brave new world of human genetics, biomedicine, farming and food.
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Podcast: Beepocalypse debunked; Ban CRISPR babies? Anti-science views slow COVID-19 herd immunity

Some experts are calling for a ban on embryo gene editing after a "disaster" experiment resulted in potentially dangerous and ...
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Podcast: Bayer’s $10.9 billion glyphosate settlement a mistake? Vaccines from mosquito spit; CRISPR cures sickle cell disease?

Chemical giant Bayer just settled roughly 95,000 lawsuits alleging its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer. Has the company given its anti-GMO ...
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Podcast: Lab-grown livers coming soon? Regenerative farming won’t stop climate change; COVID halts gene-therapy studies

Scientists have grown tiny human livers from skin cells and transplanted them into rats, moving us closer to saving thousands ...
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Podcast: WHO was wrong about COVID; Pandemics make women cheat? Rampant fraud threatens organic farming

Infectious disease experts have blasted the World Health Organization for telling the public that asymptomatic patients rarely spread COVID-19. Pandemics ...
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Podcast: Retracted hydroxychloroquine-COVID studies backlash; Obesity cancer drugs? ‘Unbiased’ Guardian takes animal rights money

Two major studies which found that the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine doesn't treat COVID-19 have been retracted. What does that mean ...
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Podcast: Pesticides prevent cancer. Growing drugs in GMO plants; battling diabetes with CRISPR

Rapid advances in biotechnology could help prevent hundreds of thousands of diabetes deaths every year. Growing drugs in GMO plants ...
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Podcast: Fungi destroy $60 billion worth of food each year. Are natural biopesticides the answer?

Food waste plagues both farmers and consumers. Americans throw out much of what we buy at the grocery store—roughly 133 ...
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Podcast: Cancer-causing baby powder? USDA cuts GMO rules; plant-based meat less healthy than you think

In an effort to keep up with rapidly evolving technology, the USDA has revamped its biotech crop rules, sparking a ...
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Podcast: Ban ‘factory farming’? GMO mosquitoes coming this summer; anti-biotech groups aren’t ‘grassroots’

As clinical trials begin of several candidate coronavirus vaccines, a former FDA scientist says the agency could speed up its ...

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