Pesticides and food: It’s not a black and white issue

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FIRST ARTICLE: Has pesticide use decreased over the last 40 years?

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Bt insect-resistant crops don’t cause allergies, European safety oversight organization reaffirms

Following a request from the European Commission, [the European Food Safety Authority] assessed the scientific publication by Santos‐Vigil et al ...
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‘Reprogramming’ skin cells to treat chronic wounds

By reprogramming wounded cells to a 'stem-cell-like' stage could help treat chronic sores ...
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Change, resilience and the mysterious human microbiome

Our microbiome is an inner ecology of Planet Us. And thought of in that context, two new small, exploratory studies, may ...
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Stem cells’ ‘memories’ of past injuries may contribute to chronic inflammation

Stem cells, famous for replenishing the body’s stockpile of other cell types throughout life, may have an additional, unforeseen ability ...
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African nations push back against proposed UN ban on gene drives

Africa has kicked against a proposed moratorium on the environmental release of organisms containing gene drives now under debate at ...
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New techniques could transform epigenetics research, ameliorating diseases

Epigenetics, the study of mechanisms by which genes are turned on or off without altering their genetic code or DNA ...
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Video: Lab-grown human heart tissue beats ‘like the real thing’

A tiny pulsing strip of muscle could help save the lives of 33 million people. That’s how many people suffer ...
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Does being a night owl increase breast cancer risk?

A paper presented at the National Cancer Research Institute [November 5] has made for some flashy headlines, like this confident declaration from India’s Economic Times: ...
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Viewpoint: Why a Thanksgiving dinner using GMO ingredients is safer and healthier than an organic meal

Thanksgiving is upon us, which means families across the U.S. will soon be enjoying the most mouth-watering of meals. This ...
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Personalized medicine, big data could lead to better control of our own health

At Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine conference in San Diego ... Dr. Ran Balicer, director of the Clalit Research Institute in Israel, painted a ...
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Why our shrinking attention spans might be a good thing

Our supposedly shrinking attention spans are a hot topic these days—as you may have seen on TV or heard on a ...
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Casting doubt on whether our DNA can be tweaked to increase human lifespan

Estimates predict that somewhere between 15 percent and 30 percent of the variability in human lifespan is due to genetics ...
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Why probiotics could actually be bad for you

Millions of Americans take probiotics—live bacteria deemed useful—assuming there can be only positive effects. The truth is that you really ...
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As arguments rage over the sources of transgender identity, science weighs in

Discussing gender dysphoria and brain differences in transgender populations ...
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How a father’s stresses alter sperm and can ‘leave his children scarred’

A stressed-out and traumatized father can leave scars in his children. New research suggests this happens because sperm “learn” paternal ...
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‘Baby bust’—Why fertility rates are plummeting around the world

There has been a remarkable global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers. Their report found ...
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Brains of fetuses could suffer from exposure to marijuana

Marijuana has been legalized in some capacity in 31 U.S. states, in large part due to a softening stance around ...
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Hypoallergenic foods: Genetic engineering could help prevent 30,000 US ER visits annually

Hortense Dodo has genetically engineered a hypoallergenic peanut. But she isn’t targeting people with peanut allergies. Not directly, anyway. ...
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How Freddie Mercury got his voice: It wasn’t his teeth

Shortly into the film Bohemian Rhapsody, Freddie Mercury attributes his magnificent voice to four extra incisors: “extra teeth equals extra ...
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Meet Grunya Sukhareva, the forgotten woman who defined autism

[In 1924,] a gifted young doctor, Grunya Efimovna Sukhareva, saw [a 12-year-old] boy. Caring and attentive, she observed him with ...
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Activists ‘storm’ Philippine Rice Research Institute to protest field trials of vitamin-fortified Golden Rice

A group of farmers [on November 7] stormed the headquarters of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) to protest the ...
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Limited benefits gained from vitamin D and fish oil supplements, find two major studies

Many people routinely take nutritional supplements such as vitamin D and fish oil in the hopes of staving off major ...
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How emigrating to another country can change our microbiome

When people immigrate to the United States, their microbiomes quickly transition to a U.S.-associated microbiome, according to research published [November 1] in ...
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America’s risk paradox: Flu killed 80,000 people this year, but we’re more worried about GMOs

We had a really bad flu season this year. The CDC just announced that about 80,000 Americans were killed .... H3N2 ...
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Why marijuana might not be such a great weapon to fight opioid addiction

The opioid crisis is an ongoing national tragedy. One commonly suggested response is cannabis. But emerging state and national statistics ...
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Tracking autism: ‘Recalibrated’ test may better reflect progression over time

A recalibrated version of a widely used test for autism may accurately reflect autistic children’s development as they grow and ...
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‘Moonshot for biology’: Inside the quest to sequence all life on earth

A mission to sequence the genome of every known animal, plant, fungus and protozoan - a group of single-celled organisms ...
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Is organic produce hazardous to your health?

We’ve all heard the reports. Toxic organic pesticides cause problems for the environment. Organic pesticides are linked to Parkinson’s Disease, mass bee deaths, and ...