Can China really breed a crop of genetically selected geniuses?

The following is an edited excerpt. What if science offered a way to stack the odds in favor of a ...

“De-extinction” and the definition of species

The following is an excerpt. A bird that once darkened the skies of the 19th-century U.S. no longer exists, except ...

GMOs are one solution to an ancient puzzle

The following is an excerpt. For decades now, GMOs have been railed against for producing food aplenty, but at grave ...

Scientists sidestep genetic engineering in effort to develop hypoallergenic apples

The following is an edited excerpt. While apples rarely cause the same intense allergic reaction as more common allergens like ...
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New company will bring extinct species back from the dead

Two of biotechnology’s most prolific and far-sighted researchers say they’re teaming up to start a company that intends to rewrite ...

Scientists manufacture abnormally large ‘super cows’

The following is an edited excerpt. Did you know that some varieties of beef on the market today come from ...

Atomic gardening: Breeding plants with gamma radiation

The following is an edited excerpt. Did you know that the peppermint flavor in your chewing gum and toothpaste, and ...

Is China selectively breeding a new generation of genius babies?

The following is an excerpt. There's a provocative and somewhat disturbing article  over at Vice about China's recent foray into genetics and the country's ...
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Nitrogen-efficient crops: The holy grail of agricultural biotech?

Nitrogen fertilizers cost a tremendous amount of money, damage the environment, and drain the planet's resources -- and only about ...

GM crops defended

The following is an edited excerpt. Professor Wayne Parrott says those who oppose crop-biotechnology based on anti-science views should spend ...
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Twenty-year review: GM crops are safe

A review of two decades of research on transgenic crops has found transgenic crops no less safe than their traditional ...
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Should the government loosen ethical oversight of stem cell research?

When it comes to stem cell research, we’ve moved from an era of debating the ethics of a technology in ...

Agricultural policies have a huge impact on nutrition

The following is an edited excerpt. India’s efforts to fight malnutrition may not bear fruit unless there is greater focus ...

Golden promise: How ‘biofortification’ could soon be saving hundreds of thousands of lives

The following is an edited excerpt. Despite the rapid progress made towards reducing poverty in many developing countries in recent ...
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Bowman v. Monsanto is not about the save-the-seeds myth

If a farmer wishes to forgo the advantages of GM seed, he or she can simply use older, unrestricted crop ...
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The “BioPiracy” myth at the heart of the Monsanto case

Anti-GMO campaigners and some farmers claim that Monsanto and other corporations use their deep pockets and unfair patent laws to ...

We broke the tomato, and we’re using science to fix it

The following is an edited excerpt. Thanks to decades of breeding, the modern agricultural tomato has a lot of properties ...

DNA number-crunchers use homegrown software

The following is an edited excerpt. Today, multiple startups — including DNAnexus and Spiral Genetics — are taking the genomics ...
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Bowman v Monsanto: Genetic innovation in the crosshairs?

This week, the Supreme Court will bear witness to a square-off between a 75-year-old soybean farmer and the world's largest ...

Northeast Organic Farm Association discusses GMOs at conference

The following is an excerpt. “They’ve got a beautiful package. They’ve got seeds that are resistant. They phase out the ...

Pigeon DNA supports Darwin’s work

The following is an excerpt. Pigeon breeding, Darwin argued, was an analogy for what happened in the wild. Nature played ...

Bringing back the Neanderthal genome the old-fashioned way

The following is an excerpt. With all the crazy talk about George Church and an adventurous young woman conspiring to bring back ...

A new future for an old crop: Barley enters the genomics age

The following is an excerpt.  The barley genome is almost twice the size of that of humans and determining the ...
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Scientists look to burrowing mice to understand genetics of instinct

A recent study in Nature reveals that the complex burrowing behavior of two sister species of mice is controlled by ...

How will genetics feed the world?

At a time when the global population is growing and growing largely in the underdeveloped and developing countries, the need ...
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Opening minds to science, technology and genetic engineering

Genetic modification is neither good nor bad. Like any technology it is a tool. Like nuclear technology, fracking or advanced ...

Connecticut has ‘no need’ for GMO food label

No Need For 'Frankenfood' LabelHartford CourantProviding consumers with the facts is a good idea. But the fight against genetically modified ...
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New fetal genetic test opens a host of ethical questions

ScientistYear of the FetusScientist“This will affect the complexity of genetic counseling tremendously,” said Emily Hardisty, a certified genetic counselor and ...