'Gluten free,' 'organic' and other health fads driving 'huge' changes in food production

‘Gluten free,’ ‘organic’ and other health fads driving ‘huge’ changes in food production

U.S. consumers are increasingly scanning labels to check that products do not contain certain ingredients, such as gluten, GMOs, antibiotics, pesticides ...
Sexual reproduction may not be the best evolutionary strategy. So why do we do it?

Sexual reproduction may not be the best evolutionary strategy. So why do we do it?

In many ways asexual reproduction is a better evolutionary strategy: only one parent is needed, and all of their genes ...
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Proxima Centauri b: Why Earth’s cosmic neighbor could be suitable for life

Ever since the discovery of the exoplanet—known as Proxima Centauri b—in 2016, people have wondered whether it could be capable of ...
Viewpoint: UC-San Francisco is the 'academic home of the anti-GMO movement'

Viewpoint: UC-San Francisco is the ‘academic home of the anti-GMO movement’

Being anti-GMO is the biotech equivalent of being anti-vaccine. The scientific literature overwhelmingly and definitively has concluded that GMOs are safe ...
Biotech crops could soften impact of climate change, Gates Foundation says

Biotech crops could soften impact of climate change, Gates Foundation says

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) just released its 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the ...
Bayer asks judge to toss 'flimsy' $289 million glyphosate-cancer verdict

Bayer asks judge to toss ‘flimsy’ $289 million glyphosate-cancer verdict

Bayer on [September 18th] said it wants a California state court judge to overturn the jury’s verdict, order a new ...
Viewpoint: There's no such thing as an organic 'superfood'

Viewpoint: There’s no such thing as an organic ‘superfood’

If you do a Google search of "Oz superfoods" you will get more than 40,000 hits. The good doctor really likes superfoods ...
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New opioid promises ‘gold standard’ pain relief without the addiction

Opioid drugs like morphine and Oxycontin are still held as the gold standard when it comes to relieving pain. But ...
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‘Voluntary euthanasia’: Are we ready to harvest organs while donors are still alive?

In the dystopian society of Nobel prizewinner Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, cloned people are raised to provide organs for ...
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Can a blood test find your body’s internal clock

Your body has a clock—and thanks to the travails of modern life, that clock may not line up with the timing ...
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Viewpoint: Coffee cancer warning illustrates failure of California’s Prop 65 law

On August 29, the FDA threw its hat into California’s eternal does-or-doesn’t-coffee-cause-cancer fight. “Requiring a cancer warning on coffee, based ...
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Why probiotics may or may not help you—and could even harm you

From pickles and candy bars to pills and protein powders, probiotics are touted as a health boon in all flavors ...
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Confusion over the origins of smallpox vaccine could leave us ‘vulnerable to a future outbreak’

Not only is there the potential for smallpox (or at the very least, something very similar) to resurge, but unbeknownst ...
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Why the promise of personalized medicine could fall short for minorities

African-Americans are underrepresented in large-scale genetic and neuroscience studies ...
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Poppy genome reveals ‘bizarre’ biological errors that gave us ‘intoxicating medicines’

A series of bizarre events and biological errors over evolutionary history were responsible for the intoxicating medicines found inside the ...
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Why those sleepless nights could increase your Alzheimer’s risk

New research suggests bad sleep causes a build-up of plaque associated with Alzheimer’s ...
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Golden eagle genome gives conservation effort a ‘blueprint for life’

British scientists have made a breakthrough that could help safeguard the future of one of the world's most admired birds ...
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Roundup in breast milk? Disturbing new details in the plot to discredit nutritionist Shelley McGuire

In July 2015, Michelle (Shelley) McGuire, a nutrition professor and lactation expert then at Washington State University (WSU), was targeted ...
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Can artificial intelligence give us a more efficient health care system?

To understand the benefits that artificial intelligence can bring to the world of human medicine, consider the case of Ayako ...
New studies questioning safety of GMO corn 'contain serious flaws,' experts say

New studies questioning safety of GMO corn ‘contain serious flaws,’ experts say

Two -omics studies on genetically modified maize and Roundup-fed rats, recently published in the journal Scientific Reports, contain serious flaws ...
DNA test could help people with severe food allergies avoid peanuts

DNA test could help people with severe food allergies avoid peanuts

For people with severe peanut allergies, eating even minuscule amounts of the legume can trigger anaphylaxis -- a life-threatening condition ...
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Could artificial intelligence protect the world from humanity’s ‘shortsightedness’?

There are fears that tend to come up when people talk about futuristic artificial intelligence — say, one that could ...
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80 percent of Americans prefer organic produce, but are they healthier for it?

A whopping 82.3 percent of American households stock up on organic food .... But what if everything we know—or think we know—about ...
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Large drug trials are expensive and results often misleading. A new genetic tool might cure those problems.

[C]orrelation is not causation. The fact that two phenomena or trends are correlated in time does not mean one causes ...
23andMe study probes links between cannabis use and schizophrenia

23andMe study probes links between cannabis use and schizophrenia

There’s evidence of a connection between cannabis use and schizophrenia, but it’s unclear whether the drug leads to the disorder, ...
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Delving into our complicated relationship with carbohydrates

The idea of controlling carbohydrate consumption has been bouncing around the world of diets and medicine for nearly 100 years ...
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Podcast: Why glyphosate-cancer news stories could push consumers away from healthy foods

On [this] episode, we explore one of the most important topics in nutrition: produce and pesticides. Health experts, the government ...
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Put down the glass of wine: There’s ‘no such thing’ as safe alcohol consumption

You don’t have to go far to find people, including doctors and researchers, who will argue that a little bit of ...