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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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Podcast: COVID-19 a global communist plot? Glyphosate didn’t cause the pandemic. Time to embrace agricultural biotechnology.

While public health officials and policymakers struggle to contain the novel SARS-COV-2 coronavirus, anti-vaccine activists claim the pandemic was orchestrated ...
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Podcast: GMOs = witchcraft? ‘Big Ag’ didn’t cause coronavirus; Remdesivir for COVID-19

We finally have a drug to treat COVID-19 in remdesivir, but how well does it work? Anti-GMO activists have blamed ...
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Podcast: Norman Borlaug a hero? Spread coronavirus for herd immunity? CRISPR v. agroecology

Norman Borlaug's Green Revolution saved an estimated billion people from starvation, but critics contend his work brought severe environmental and ...
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Podcast: Coronavirus conspiracies deadlier than the disease? Next pandemic worse? Spit test spots more COVID-19

A dearth of coronavirus tests has exacerbated the COVID-19 pandemic in the US and elsewhere, but a newly FDA-approved test ...
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Podcast: Coronavirus ‘antidote’ from recovered patient blood? Did the virus escape from a lab? Anti-science activism causes needless harm

While political leaders and scientists speculate that coronavirus is beginning to loosen its grip on the world, hospitals are considering ...
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Podcast: GMOs to blame for coronavirus? Catching COVID-19 twice; junk studies fuel biotech skepticism

As the world continues to struggle against the rapidly spreading coronavirus, anti-GMO activists are blaming crop biotechnology for the pandemic ...
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Podcast: Coronavirus and food safety; debunking the ‘Dirty Dozen’; COVID-19 cure worse than the disease?

As the world takes unprecedented measures to blunt the coronavirus pandemic, some commentators argue 'the cure is worse than the ...
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Podcast: Coronavirus isn’t just a bad flu; COVID-19 vaccine may be delayed; and have we cured HIV?

The novel coronavirus is not just "the flu," contrary to what you may have read on social media. There may ...
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Podcast: Fighting blindness with CRISPR. Ophthalmologist in groundbreaking study explains how gene editing could treat a once-incurable disease

Congenital eye disorders can rob children of their eyesight at a young age and severely diminish their quality of life ...
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Podcast: Fighting drug-resistant bacteria; consumers embrace CRISPR-edited food; bomb-detecting plants; and life-saving biosimilar medicines

Our inability to rapidly detect the novel coronavirus has made it difficult to properly combat COVID-19 ...
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Podcast: Treating blindness with CRISPR; customized cancer drugs; Beyond Meat v. critics; saving bananas from extinction

As genetic engineering reshapes intimate aspects of our lives, is the public on board? ...
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Podcast: How to build a coronavirus; alcohol doesn’t shrink your brain; and locusts threaten famine in East Africa

Kevin Folta and Cameron English break down four of the latest headlines from the world of genetics and biotech ...
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Podcast: Vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit explains the ‘dos and dont’s’ of battling scientific misinformation

Paul Offit has forged a second career as an influential spokesman for scientific thinking ...
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Podcast: Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat explains how junk science gets published—and how to spot it in the headlines

Bad research can put people's lives at risk, so addressing problems with peer review is essential ...
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Podcast: Can we ‘outsmart’ cancer with synthetic biology? Dr. Tim Lu talks customized disease treatments

On this episode of Biotech Facts and Fallacies, Tim Lu talks to Cameron English about Senti's progress toward "outsmarting complex ...
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Podcast: Plant diseases destroy $220 billion worth of crops annually. Meet the scientists fighting to protect our food supply

Looking at the massive selection of goods available in US grocery stores, most consumers likely don't realize just how hard ...
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Podcast: How technology keeps cancer-causing mycotoxins out of our food

Here's a question for you: what if there were dangerous toxins that could make their way into your food, but ...
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Podcast: Farming without chemicals: Pesticide-carrying bees poised to revolutionize agriculture?

While the GMO controversy rages, a handful of companies are taking another innovative approach to crop protection ...
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Podcast: What Doctor Who can teach us about protecting California’s grape industry from ‘alien’ bugs

Are you a fan of the long-term sci-fi comedy Doctor Who? It's the bizarre but entertaining story of an extraterrestrial ...
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Podcast: Recent study poses new glyphosate-cancer link. Plant geneticist Kevin Folta breaks down the data

Despite the endless stream of dramatic headlines and warnings from environmental activist groups, an overwhelming number of studies indicate that ...
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Podcast: This GMO probiotic helps prevent hangovers—can it ease consumer fear of biotechnology?

There's nothing quite like a hangover. After a few too many drinks and a night of restless sleep, you wake ...
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Podcast: The story of a grape disease that decimated vineyards for 200 years—and how science helped stop it

When Europeans began to colonize North America 400 plus years ago, they brought along the crops they knew how to ...
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Podcast: Food snobbery vs the Impossible Burger: A skeptical look at health claims about plant-based meat

"Natural food" advocates have blasted Impossible and Beyond as unhealthy. Let's look at their arguments ...
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Podcast: Do it for the kids? Federal children’s health research grants fund anti-pesticide, organic food activism

How would taxpayers feel about funding organic food activism masquerading as children's health research? ...
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Podcast: Food 5.0—GMOs, robots and the future of farming with agronomist Robert Saik

The high efficiency of modern agriculture has a downside: most consumers don't know the first thing about farming ...