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Podcast: Did a legendary train ride really lead to the rediscovery of Mendel’s laws?

A Victorian scientist's train ride to London leads to the rediscovery of Mendel's laws of inheritance, Nice story, but is ...
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Podcast: Is the ‘bliss gene’ real?

In the interview, Maria Konnikova is back for another round of “Is That Bullshit?” Because Mike experiences less anxiety than ...
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Podcast: Where blackberries came from—and how genetics made them so delicious

Blackberries are a popular, healthy fruit consumed by people all over the world. Over the last century, significant progress has ...
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Podcast: Glyphosate, cancer and clickbait: Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat on how to spot junk science in the news

A Google search for "glyphosate" returns 10,300,000 results—conflicting news stories, opinion articles and videos of varying accuracy. Some of these ...
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Podcast: Could a benign virus save Florida’s devastated orange industry from citrus greening disease?

Huanglongbing, or HLB, is the Chinese term for the Yellow Dragon Disease–usually referred to as citrus greening.  The disease first ...
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Podcast: How science brought us ‘synthetic’ fertilizer, and why it was a game changer for farmers

Bet you never thought fertilizer was magical but that changes today! On this episode of Biotech Facts and Fallacies, plant ...
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Podcast: Are you ready for the Zero Dollar Genome?

We've broken through the thousand dollar genome barrier and are heading towards $100. Leading geneticist George Church want to take ...
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Podcast: Why do we like sweet foods? How taste and smell color our sense of the world

University of Florida researcher Linda Bartoshuk has been recognized as an expert on interactions between smell, taste and psychology for ...
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Podcast: From anti-GMO journalist to crop biotech advocate—Alliance for Science managing editor Joan Conrow

For many years, the developing world has been at the center of a heated debate between mainstream scientists and anti-GMO ...
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Podcast: ‘Are we all going to die?’ Entomologist breaks down the ‘bee-pocalypse’ that ‘threatens the global food supply’

Bees are important crop pollinators and reduced bee numbers have been described by farmers overseas as a bee crisis. Global ...
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Podcast: Former FDA scientist Henry Miller says misguided regulation keeps safe biotech products off the market

In 1982, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first "GMO" pharmaceutical drug in the world, a new ...
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Podcast: Geneticist Kevin Folta responds after anti-biotech social media attacks led to his exclusion from Florida gardening event

Recently, University of Florida plant scientist Kevin Folta was invited to present a series of lectures at a seed saving ...
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Podcast: Environmental Working Group’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list is an unscientific scam

Scammers are having a moment. On this episode of Biotech Facts and Fallacies, plant scientist Steve Savage tackles scams within ...
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Podcast: That weird time in history when humans had 24 pairs of chromosomes

Everyone knows that humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes. But if you'd looked at a textbook in the 1940s, the ...
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Podcast: GMO insect-resistant cowpea helps Africa combat destructive pests without chemicals

Cowpea is a critical crop in Western Africa. It is consumed by millions of people daily and provides important nitrogen ...
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Podcast: Jamie Metzl’s ‘Hacking Darwin’—The end of sex and humanity’s genetically engineered future

Imagine a world in which would-be parents no longer have sex but conceive children with the assistance of embryo selection ...
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Podcast: Synthetic ‘light switch’ boosts photosynthesis to increase crop yields

One of the limiting factors in photosynthesis is the plant’s ability to take up carbon dioxide to assimilate into carbohydrates ...
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Podcast: 7 modern pest control tools that protect our food from hungry bugs

Need to manage a pest problem? Luckily, there are many ways to do that! From physical to biological and chemical ...
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Podcast: Are farmers losing the ‘agricultural arms race’ against weeds?

There was a moment, about 20 years ago, when farmers thought that they'd finally defeated weeds forever. Biotech companies had ...
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Podcast: What would have happened if Darwin and Mendel had been on Twitter?

Where would we be now if Darwin and Mendel had been on Twitter? ...
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Podcast: Farmers divided over controversial weed killer dicamba as legal battle against Bayer heats up

The herbicide dicamba's job is to kill weeds, and many farmers say it's a lifesaver. But the chemical has also damaged ...
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Podcast: How a bad night’s sleep can damage your DNA

On this episode of Talking Biotech, University of Florida researchers Kevin Folta and Brady Holmer tackle two pressing questions in ...
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Podcast: Recycling 190 million pounds of pesticide containers to promote sustainable agriculture

Ag recycles! On this episode of Biotech Facts and Fallacies, plant scientist Steve Savage delves into the world of agricultural ...
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Podcast: Anti-GMO activism drove this scientist out of crop biotech research

When Devang Mehta started his PhD research developing disease-resistant crops, he was excited about the humanitarian potential of genetically modified ...
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Podcast: How AI is boosting treatment of PTSD

Only about 10% of the individuals with mental health issues in the US are getting any sort of treatment that ...
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Podcast: Healthier cooking oil from biotech soybeans helps battle heart disease, diabetes

Soybeans produce abundant cooking oil,  popular with both consumers and the food service industry. However, soybean oil isn't always the ...
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Podcast: Will meat lovers embrace plant-based ‘Impossible’ burgers?

How do you convince a carnivore to eat a burger that doesn't have any meat? There are a few companies ...
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Podcast: ‘Artificial womb’ raises awkward ethical questions about abortion, child welfare and health freedom

Biotechnology is fundamentally changing food and medicine. Thanks to genetic engineering, for example, we have access vitamin-fortified GMO crops, plentiful ...