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Video: Entomologist Fred Gould critiques media coverage critical of gene drives

Video: Entomologist Fred Gould critiques media coverage critical of gene drives

[At his talk on "Gene Drives in the News" at the National Academy of Sciences' Science of Science Communication III” Sackler ...
Society of Toxicology: Science has 'overwhelmingly demonstrated' GMO crop safety

Society of Toxicology: Science has ‘overwhelmingly demonstrated’ GMO crop safety

[Editor's note: The following is part of a Society of Toxicology (SOT) issue statement approved the SOT Council November 2017.] ...
Would you pay more for foods genetically engineered to benefit consumers?

Would you pay more for foods genetically engineered to benefit consumers?

Current consumer research indicates that consumers say they will pay a higher price for food with certain attributes. It has ...
Viewpoint: Why so many scientific studies are flawed and poorly understood

Viewpoint: Why so many scientific studies are flawed and poorly understood

With misleading conclusions often reported from scientific research, it's important to be able to discern between legitimate studies and dubious ...
Viewpoint: If your interest is sustainability, organic and GMO labels won't inform you

Viewpoint: If your interest is sustainability, organic and GMO labels won’t inform you

Focusing on tools and technologies—such as genetic engineering—can reduce agriculture's environmental footprint and promote sustainability, writes geneticist Maria Trainer ...
GMOs in South Africa: Benefits of biotech crops changing women farmers' minds

GMOs in South Africa: Benefits of biotech crops changing women farmers’ minds

As a young girl, Tepsy Eve Ntseoane never thought she’d grow up to be a farmer, let alone an advocate for ...
crispr train 12/6/17

Video: Explaining CRISPR gene editing with a toy train

When people refer to Crispr, they're probably talking about Crispr-Cas9, a complex of enzymes and genetic guides that together finds ...
Double standard? Facing FOIA demand, California sides with anti-chemical professor, blocking email release

Double standard? Facing FOIA demand, California sides with anti-chemical professor, blocking email release

Why did the University of California reject a Freedom of Information request for an "anti-chemical" professor's emails, while handing over ...
Top 5 most ridiculous types of Non-GMO Project labeled products

Top 5 most ridiculous types of Non-GMO Project labeled products

The stuff with no G to M It would stand to reason that any Non-GMO Project certified item would have ...
Women in science: Geneticist Pamela Ronald, developer of GMO flood-resistant rice

Women in science: Geneticist Pamela Ronald, developer of GMO flood-resistant rice

[T]he breakthrough that finally created rice seeds strong enough to stand up to blight and flood came when Pamela Ronald ...
'Roundup Facing the Judges': Documentary promotes glyphosate conspiracy theories, pseudoscience

‘Roundup Facing the Judges’: Documentary promotes glyphosate conspiracy theories, pseudoscience

[Editor's note: Øystein Heggdal is a Norwegian agronomist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and natural resources. He is ...
Anti-GMO group March Against Monsanto promotes, profits from anti-vaccine ads

Anti-GMO group March Against Monsanto promotes, profits from anti-vaccine ads

Visit the March Against Monsanto website and you'll see a strange ad peppering the pages, among the usual dubious stories about ...
Should organic farming embrace new plant breeding techniques like CRISPR?

Should organic farming embrace new plant breeding techniques like CRISPR?

Over the last few years, new tools have rapidly created possibilities in plant breeding. These New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs) ...
Viewpoint: Food Evolution movie shows GMO supporters 'you're not alone'

Viewpoint: Food Evolution movie shows GMO supporters ‘you’re not alone’

If you have the opportunity to see the documentary “Food Evolution,” do it. It has been the most talked-about food and agriculture ...
Economist: EU's GMO crop ban likely led to lower corn, soybean yields in Europe compared to US

Economist: EU’s GMO crop ban likely led to lower corn, soybean yields in Europe compared to US

Is it true that a ban on GM crops in the European Union has hurt productivity? Most likely yes, retired ...
Viewpoint: Anti-GMO scare tactics show need for scientific literacy

Viewpoint: Anti-GMO scare tactics show need for scientific literacy

Many of the arguments made by organic supporters and GMO critics aren't supported by science. That combination can have harmful ...
Climate change fighting plants: Genetically modified crops could trap half of human CO2 emissions in soil

Climate change fighting plants: Genetically modified crops could trap half of human CO2 emissions in soil

The Salk Institute has enlisted a new ally in the effort to address the anticipated dangers of climate change — plants. Scientists ...
What can other African countries learn from South Africa's experience with GMO crops?

What can other African countries learn from South Africa’s experience with GMO crops?

Despite promotion of GM crops, adoption has been slow across the continent. South Africa began using the technology in the ...
Judge dismisses lawsuit against Dannon alleging consumers misled by 'all-natural' dairy products from cows fed GMOs

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Dannon alleging consumers misled by ‘all-natural’ dairy products from cows fed GMOs

A judge has granted Dannon’s motion to dismiss a high-profile false advertising lawsuit alleging shoppers were misled by its ‘all-natural’ ...
Viewpoint: 12 ways organic activists mislead consumers

Viewpoint: 12 ways organic activists mislead consumers

Does the organic food industry use deceptive marketing practices to scare wealthy customers away from conventional agriculture and GMOs? The ...
How anti-biotech environmental groups are trying to kill roll-out of AquaBounty's sustainable salmon

How anti-biotech environmental groups are trying to kill roll-out of AquaBounty’s sustainable salmon

If you love Atlantic salmon, what you are eating is almost certainly farm-raised, despite what the label might say. The ...
Vitamin-enhanced GMO potatoes could combat malnutrition—if they ever hit the market

Vitamin-enhanced GMO potatoes could combat malnutrition—if they ever hit the market

Sufferers of malnutrition in the global south could soon find help from an unlikely source: a humble potato, genetically tweaked ...
Genetic engineering, synthetic biology poised to boost photosynthesis and carbon capture

Genetic engineering, synthetic biology poised to boost photosynthesis and carbon capture

In a feature article published in the open access journal eLife, an international team of experts led by Dr Bonnie Wintle ...
Viewpoint: Why it's time to start talking about a glyphosate herbicide replacement

Viewpoint: Why it’s time to start talking about a glyphosate herbicide replacement

Don’t get me wrong. I fully recognise the current need for Irish tillage and grassland farmers to use the herbicide ...
How the brain resists when presented with scientific consensus on controversial issues

How the brain resists when presented with scientific consensus on controversial issues

Why do people refuse to change their views when confronted with scientific consensus? Research is starting to show us how ...
Anatomy of the demon Demogorgon from 'Stranger Things': Is there a real-life counterpart?

Anatomy of the demon Demogorgon from ‘Stranger Things’: Is there a real-life counterpart?

The Demogorgon, a creature from the hit Netflix show 'Stranger Things', resembles real life cellular slime mold ...
Glyphosate, Monsanto and Europe: How science and reason almost lost out to hysteria and emotion

Glyphosate, Monsanto and Europe: How science and reason almost lost out to hysteria and emotion

The glyphosate saga is a fascinating case study in how easily politics can derail science. In watching the glyphosate issue ...
Number of genetically engineered crops could balloon thanks to new technique using pollen DNA

Number of genetically engineered crops could balloon thanks to new technique using pollen DNA

[T]he war over GM crops, though intense, has so far been restricted to a small number of battlefields – corn, ...