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Nathaneal Johnson: All or nothing debate over GMOs–Does any of it matter?

Johnson bemoans that too much of the conversation about GMOs remains stuck on cliches and focused on extremes and ideology--not ...

Developing world food crisis: Can hungry countries afford to say ‘no’ to GM crops?

In many countries GM crops are not accepted because they are thought to be unsafe for both human health and ...

More myths dispelled about GMOs creating food allergies

Kevin Bonham, a Scientific American blogger and graduate student working on a PhD in the Immunology Program at Harvard, where ...
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In hyped claim organic milk is healthier, activist science meets bungled reporting

Last week, the web erupted after organic researcher Charles Benbrook promoted a new study as the long-awaited proof of the ...

Human family dynamics explained through the lens of bird evolution

Humans often rear their children with help from family and friends. But why would such a strategy evolve? What could ...

Banana apocalypse? GM one of few options to save threatened cavendish

Scientists are experimenting with genetic modifications to protect Cavendish bananas from a variant of the banana wilt fungus. If the fungus jumps ...
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No GMOs? How about a helping of irradiated mutant fruits and veggies instead?

Although plants bred through industrial means like mutation breeding for genetic modification might seem dangerous, unnatural does not automatically mean ...

Former EPA scientist: GMOs are not an improvement

The promise that genetic modification of crops is an “immensely beneficial technology” is “inaccurate, misleading and biased,” writes Ramon Seidler, ...
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What happened when an organic farmer visited the ‘evil empire’ Monsanto?

After organic farmer Rob Wallbridge wrote a blog post earlier this year about the acrimonious tenor of the national debate ...
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Post GMO agriculture: Are some farmers turning away from high tech crops?

The USDA reports that 90% of all corn grown in the US is genetically modified, yet some local pockets of ...
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Is same-sex coupling a matter of genetics or choice?

A new report has found that nearly a third of Laysan albatross pairs on Oahu are of the same gender, ...
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GMOs vs. mutagenesis vs. conventional breeding: Which wins?

Is the process of mutagenesis more safe and efficient than genetic modification? Maybe not ...
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Islamic perspective on genetically modified food

The Quran has many passages regarding food ethics, specifically stressing that food must be good, pure and wholesome. In debating ...
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Japanese genetically altering rice varieties that could address climate change effects, allergies

Japanese research institutes are leading the world in developing new strains of rice that are capable of withstanding drought, disease, ...

The origins of Oregon’s GM wheat remain a mystery

It’s still unclear how genetically modified wheat ended up in Oregon last spring, and industry members aren’t sure when the ...
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The first GMO (Hint: Human’s best friend)

Are dogs the earliest examples of GMOs? While the conventional definition of a genetically modified organism is the lab insertion ...

Anti-GMO activism forces countries to use unregulated chemical and radiation techniques to breed new varieties

(Summary) When countries reject genetically modified organisms because of unsubstantiated claims of health risks, agricultural companies in those countries are ...
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Plant scientist analyzes Hawaii County’s anti-GMO Bill 113

If passed, Hawaii County's Bill 113 would ban all new open-field cultivation of GM crops and may cause problems for ...

How we make breed behavior in working dogs

In a previous post, “What is a Livestock Guard Dog?,” I described what livestock guard dogs do but it is exceptionally important ...
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Should there be more marijuana genome projects?

The momentum for legalizing marijuana in the United States has been picking up steam in recent years, with nearly half ...
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Will the public still fear GMOs in 100 years?

Innovations like aviation and vaccines have been huge contributions to modern society, despite initial public opposition. The same could be ...

European farming organizations demand greater access to GM crops

The organizations representing farmers in the four countries of the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Romania have written ...
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Gene testing revolution: Disease prediction results skyrocket for whole genome and whole exome sequencing

New research suggests that focusing on the protein-coding region of our DNA that makes up about 1.5 percent of each ...

In defense of GM crops

Genetically Modified (GM) crops are plants which have had their DNA altered in some way, to improve a particular trait ...

Letter: GM crops are not a safety concern in Canada

In a letter responding to the opinion piece, "I dream of a GE-free B.C." published in the Richmond Review last month, CropLife ...

Researchers find a gene for obesity

Over four years, 1,200 pigs were given nearly unlimited access to food to see how much they'd eat, how often, ...
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How the ‘Poison Potato’ impacted the GMO debate

The Lenape potato, first bred for potato chip production, has played a big role in shaping the USDA policy towards ...

‘Unethical’ not to use GM crops in countries facing famine

Europe’s chief scientific adviser has claimed it is “unethical” not to use genetically modified crops in developing countries facing famine ...
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