GMO rebound: Record 457 million acres of genetically modified crops grown worldwide

GMO rebound: Record 457 million acres of genetically modified crops grown worldwide

Genetically modified crops were planted on a record 457.4 million acres globally in 2016, up 3 percent from the 444 ...
poop 12-10-2017

Astroplastic: Making tools from human feces could aid space travel

A University of Calgary team has flushed the competition with a project that sets out to convert astronaut poop into ...
120617_TS_CRISPR_feat 12-10-2017

CRISPR 2.0: Targeting incurable diseases by ‘turning up volume’ on good genes

Incurable diseases such as diabetes and muscular dystrophy could be treated in future using a new form of genetic engineering ...
Canola oil causes Alzheimer's? How the media mis-covers science, feeds NGO misinformation and scares the public

Canola oil causes Alzheimer’s? How the media mis-covers science, feeds NGO misinformation and scares the public

Sensationalist press coverage fueled by a poorly written university press release misled the public about a recent study on mice—a ...
Molecular clocks rewriting the story of human evolution

Molecular clocks rewriting the story of human evolution

Analyzing DNA from present-day and ancient genomes provides a complementary approach for dating evolutionary events. By comparing DNA sequences, geneticists ...
California cherry farmers look to 'gene drive' technology to kill invasive fruit flies

California cherry farmers look to ‘gene drive’ technology to kill invasive fruit flies

Since it first appeared in Northern California in 2008, the spotted-wing drosophila, a type of fruit fly native to Asia, ...
Gene therapy, CRISPR could provide treatments for sickle-cell, but cures far off

Gene therapy, CRISPR could provide treatments for sickle-cell, but cures far off

More than 50 years after the cause of sickle-cell disease was discovered, a dozen treatments for the painful and life-shortening inherited ...
Ecomodernist agriculture: Farmers need science and technology to limit environmental footprint

Ecomodernist agriculture: Farmers need science and technology to limit environmental footprint

It takes roughly 6 square miles to support one hunting-gathering human. Modern intensive farming, by contrast, can support up to ...
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 ...
Fighting infectious diseases with immunotherapy on 'cusp of commercialization'

Fighting infectious diseases with immunotherapy on ‘cusp of commercialization’

Immunotherapy, which involves adapting immune cells to destroy specific cellular targets, has made a name for itself treating cancer. But ...
Organic food helps you get pregnant? Media outlets fall for 'activist science'

Organic food helps you get pregnant? Media outlets fall for ‘activist science’

[Editor's note: Terence Bradshaw is a research associate at the University of Vermont. He has a PhD in plant & soil science.] ...
Gene drives could combat exploding population of poison-resistant subway rats and other pests

Gene drives could combat exploding population of poison-resistant subway rats and other pests

Figures ... show that London councils receive 100 complaints about rats and mice each day with some local authorities reporting ...
Organic movement schism? Fight over hydroponics puts $50 billion industry in limbo

Organic movement schism? Fight over hydroponics puts $50 billion industry in limbo

The USDA's ruling that crops grown using hydroponics and aquaculture can be labeled organic set off a heated debate over ...
narco 12-11-17-1

Chasing a cure for narcolepsy—and why it should be a priority

For the first 20 years of his life, Henry Nicholls had a healthy relationship with sleep. Shortly after his 21st ...
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 ...
Hemophilia 12/7/17

Gene therapy could be ‘ideal cure’ for hemophilia B

[L]ast year, [Jay] Konduros enrolled in a clinical trial, receiving an experimental gene therapy at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [to ...
Gene drives: Nature editorial board calls out green groups for 'unfair attempt to create damaging and polarizing spin'

Gene drives: Nature editorial board calls out green groups for ‘unfair attempt to create damaging and polarizing spin’

[A]lthough it might not always be obvious, both critics and advocates of the technique — called a gene drive — tend to agree on ...
twins 12/7/17-1

Why all identical twins who are overweight are not identically obese

Identical twins have the same genomes, but they don't always look exactly the same, particularly in regards to weight. Science ...
'Big Ag' may resonate with activists, but what does it really mean?

‘Big Ag’ may resonate with activists, but what does it really mean?

For some, GMOs are synonymous with 'Big Ag'? For others, 'Big Ag' means something entirely different. Does 'Big Ag' even ...
IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer): Glyphosate cancer determination challenged by world consensus

IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer): Glyphosate cancer determination challenged by world consensus

Despite every other major health agency, including three others at the World Health Organization, finding glyphosate does not cause cancer, ...