There is a lot of misinformation about COVID, the available vaccines and their effectiveness. These 7 insights will help clear that up.

There is a lot of misinformation about COVID, the available vaccines and their effectiveness. These 7 insights will help clear that up.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been many thousands of articles and commentaries published on almost every ...
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Podcast: GMOs = colonialism? CRISPR-edited eggs; sustainable shoes made from fungi

Distribution of genetically engineered crops to developing countries proves that "colonialism in science is still alive and well," alleges one ...
What do 'non-identical identical twins' have to do with COVID-19? Mutations!

What do ‘non-identical identical twins’ have to do with COVID-19? Mutations!

Identical twins Stella and Desiree Vignes were born in 1938 in a Louisiana town so small that it wasn’t on ...
Viewpoint: Promoting CRISPR crops at the expense of GMOs to appease activists undermines both technologies

Viewpoint: Promoting CRISPR crops at the expense of GMOs to appease activists undermines both technologies

In the span of a few short years, gene editing has allowed scientists to begin rapidly and cheaply improving food ...
Can Biden's USDA bring America's animal gene-editing rules into the 21st century?

Can Biden’s USDA bring America’s animal gene-editing rules into the 21st century?

I am in perhaps a somewhat rare position regarding the contemplated USDA regulatory framework, as I actually have several animals ...
Viewpoint: COVID vaccine successes have made headway in rebutting facile arguments about the dangers of biotechnology

Viewpoint: COVID vaccine successes have made headway in rebutting facile arguments about the dangers of biotechnology

It turns out that, despite the destruction and heartbreak caused by the COVID pandemic, there is a silver lining: Scientists ...
Sketchy vegan-promoting physicians group produces study attacking ‘blood type’ diet - and it’s surprisingly rigorous and convincing

Sketchy vegan-promoting physicians group produces study attacking ‘blood type’ diet – and it’s surprisingly rigorous and convincing

Nearly every sort of diet has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list by now, all claiming to have ...
'Back to the future': The case for returning to risk-based animal gene-editing regulations

‘Back to the future’: The case for returning to risk-based animal gene-editing regulations

So what is the USDA’s proposal for the regulation of genetically engineered animals? In a nutshell, it proposes moving regulation ...
We are inching towards direct brain control of computers. Here’s when they'll be ready

We are inching towards direct brain control of computers. Here’s when they’ll be ready

Imagine controlling your computer just by thinking. It sounds far-out, but real advances are happening on these so-called brain-computer interfaces ...
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Viewpoint: Are GMOs a corporate ploy to colonize developing countries? Is vitamin-A enhanced Golden Rice a plot by ‘Western entities’ to control global agriculture? Here are the facts bungled in Slate commentary.

Western scientists who introduce biotech crops into developing nations are paternalistic colonizers. While they claim to be helping farmers in ...
Podcast: Unreliable COVID tests; Amazon's creepy Halo health band; Celebrate pesticides?

Podcast: Unreliable COVID tests; Amazon’s creepy Halo health band; Celebrate pesticides?

How do COVID-19 tests work, and are their results reliable? Recent media reports have raised some concerning questions. Amazon's Halo ...
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Regulation gone wrong: A critique of the FDA’s nonsensical animal gene-editing rules

The “Guidance for Industry #187” entitled “Regulation of Intentionally Altered Genomic DNA in Animals” was published in the Federal Register ...
Marketers are beginning to use data mined from consumer DNA tests. Should we be worried?

Marketers are beginning to use data mined from consumer DNA tests. Should we be worried?

A woman lingers at a display of coffeemakers. Soon after, images of the very same contraptions festoon her Facebook feed, ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Regulatory creep’—How the FDA’s evolving rules hindered the introduction of gene-edited animals

Ever since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its plans to regulate genomic alterations in genome edited animals ...
Reflecting on ‘The Queen’s Gambit’: Are women genetically hardwired to underperform men in chess?

Reflecting on ‘The Queen’s Gambit’: Are women genetically hardwired to underperform men in chess?

Unlike the wildly popular Netflix chess-themed series The Queen’s Gambit, female players have struggled to climb to the top of ...
GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase

GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase

They say good things come to those who wait. Well I have been waiting my entire career to eat milk, ...
How COVID deniers are taking pages out of the anti-vaccine movement's playbook

How COVID deniers are taking pages out of the anti-vaccine movement’s playbook

One of the most notable things about the COVID-19 pandemic has been how fast two science denialist movements made common cause ...
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Viewpoint: Impossible and Beyond Burgers are delicious, but are they good for you?

The leading companies offering fake meat are mission-driven, with vegan roots. Any benefits to human health are icing on the ...
More or less deadly? Which way is SARS-CoV-2 evolving?

More or less deadly? Which way is SARS-CoV-2 evolving?

No lethal pandemic lasts forever. The 1918 flu, for example, crisscrossed the globe and claimed tens of millions of lives, ...
Viewpoint: Why organic farming won't help preserve the world's biodiversity

Viewpoint: Why organic farming won’t help preserve the world’s biodiversity

A recent paper finds that if just 15 percent of farmland reverted to nature, it would wipe out nearly a third ...
Your personal genetic makeup can determine whether you respond to a treatment, get worse, or even die

Your personal genetic makeup can determine whether you respond to a treatment, get worse, or even die

Henk-Jan Guchelaar knows all too well the serious problems that the side-effects of medication can cause. As a professor of clinical pharmacy at the ...
Golden Rice could fight deadly vitamin A deficiency now. Why do farmers have to wait another 3 years to grow it?

Golden Rice could fight deadly vitamin A deficiency now. Why do farmers have to wait another 3 years to grow it?

It’s one of the world’s most preventable tragedies. Every year, as many as 500,000 children go blind because their diet ...
Machine learning helps battle life-threatening diseases. Could it end world hunger, too?

Machine learning helps battle life-threatening diseases. Could it end world hunger, too?

When was the last time you read an online magazine or newspaper, only to find yourself bombarded with shopping ads ...
‘Auto-activation deficit’: The curious cases of people hard wired to react but not act

‘Auto-activation deficit’: The curious cases of people hard wired to react but not act

One day, a lively and successful businessman was bitten by a wasp, triggering an unexpected encephalopathy of the brain. Afterwards, he ...
Viewpoint: Do we really need GM fish? The case for growing (and eating) AquaBounty’s biotech, fast-growing salmon

Viewpoint: Do we really need GM fish? The case for growing (and eating) AquaBounty’s biotech, fast-growing salmon

Innovation and creative thinking in the protein industry is ever-evolving. You may have read some of our posts on the ...
PEW global survey: Caution about research on gene editing, but wide support for treating diseases in human embryos

PEW global survey: Caution about research on gene editing, but wide support for treating diseases in human embryos

Global publics take a cautious stance toward scientific research on gene editing, according to an international survey from Pew Research ...
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Why humanity will likely be around for a long time

Will our species go extinct? The short answer is yes. The fossil record shows everything goes extinct, eventually. Almost all ...
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Viewpoint: Depopulation conspiracy debunked. Western billionaires aren’t using GMOs to control Africa’s food supply

The truth is that African farmers need biotech crops as climate change makes farming an increasingly difficult profession ...
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