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Podcast: How nitrogen-fixing bacteria can cut fertilizer use 30-50%

In the early 20th century, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch revolutionized agriculture. The two German chemists developed a technique, now ...
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Podcast: Sneaky sheep, substandard stallions and sperm wars

Stories of sneaky sheep, substandard racing stallions, and news from the front lines of the sperm wars ...
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Podcast: Dairy farmers turn methane from food waste into renewable electricity

If you piled up all the food that's not eaten over the course of a year in the U.S., it ...
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Podcast: A closer look at the CRISPR experiment that could cure sickle cell disease

Victoria Gray, 34, of Forest, Miss., volunteered for one of the most anticipated medical experiments in decades: the first attempt ...
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Podcast: How activists and politicians derailed South Australia’s attempt to embrace GMO crops

Activists in Australia are manipulating politicians with fear and doubt to restrict farmer choice ...
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Podcast: Researchers implanted false memories in birds to figure out how humans learn language

Babies are constantly surrounded by human language, always listening and processing. Eventually they put sounds together to produce a "daddy," or a ...
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Podcast: Political opposition blocks South Australia’s plan to lift GMO crop ban

South Australia is the only mainland state that bans farmers from growing genetically modified food. The ban's been in place ...
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Podcast: How artificial intelligence, machine learning can help us realize the value of all that genetic data we’re collecting

Everywhere we look these days, someone is talking about the potential for artificial intelligence and machines to change the face ...
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Podcast: ‘OMG, GMOs!’ Bill Nye answers your questions about biotech crops

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) often gets a bad rap, but farmers have been using them for decades to feed the ...
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Podcast: From Jurassic Park to woolly mammoths – is it right to bring back extinct species?

Geneticist Kat Arney takes a look at the science of de-extinction, asking whether it's feasible - or even ethical - ...
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Podcast: Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat explains how junk science gets published—and how to spot it in the headlines

Bad research can put people's lives at risk, so addressing problems with peer review is essential ...
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Podcast: How food bullying spreads unjustified fears about GMOs, animal welfare and food safety

We've heard a lot in recent years about the harmful impacts of bullying, especially cyber-bullying aimed at children. But rarely ...
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Podcast: CRISPR advances, HIV cures and a perfect predator for superbugs

Exploring the latest advances in medical biotechnology including CRISPR-based gene therapies, infection-fighting viruses and a cure for HIV. Plus reflections ...
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Podcast: Can we ‘outsmart’ cancer with synthetic biology? Dr. Tim Lu talks customized disease treatments

On this episode of Biotech Facts and Fallacies, Tim Lu talks to Cameron English about Senti's progress toward "outsmarting complex ...
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Podcast: Genetically engineered CAR-T cell therapies destroy cancer cells. Here’s how they work

Many millions of words have been written about GMO crops. As a result, most people know they can now buy ...
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Podcast: Should you eat ‘fake meat’? Geneticist Chana Davis breaks down the GMO Impossible Burger controversy

The Impossible Burger has exploded in popularity across the US, with grocery stores and popular fast-food chains like Burger King ...
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Podcast: The untold story of Edith Rebecca Saunders—’mother of British plant genetics’

We unearth the story of Edith Rebecca Saunders, co-founder of The Genetics Society and the ‘mother of British plant genetics’ ...
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Podcast: Plant diseases destroy $220 billion worth of crops annually. Meet the scientists fighting to protect our food supply

Looking at the massive selection of goods available in US grocery stores, most consumers likely don't realize just how hard ...
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Podcast: Edible cotton—how genetic engineering turns toxic seeds into nutritious food

Cotton production is a global industry. Grown by approximately 80 countries, the crop is primarily harvested for fiber to make ...
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Podcast: Farm Aid concert meant to support US agriculture spreads GMO, ‘factory farming’ myths

In recent years, Farm Aid's laudable effort to support US agriculture has morphed into a promotional event for organic food ...
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Podcast: The ‘what, how and why’ of GMOs, a crash course on genetic engineering

Agricultural scientists Karen Cox of West Virginia University and Dan Lima of Ohio State University offer a crash course on ...
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Podcast: Obesity, cancer and gut bacteria—how the microbiome impacts your health

Get your hands dirty by delving into the microbiome - the trillions of bacteria that live inside our guts ...
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Podcast: Synthetic fertilizer pollution threatens our ecosystems. Are nitrogen-fixing microbes the answer?

Farmers need nitrogen fertilizer to maximize crop yields. Without it, our food supply would be nowhere near as abundant as ...
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Podcast: Orthorexia—The ‘clean eating’ disorder scientists are just beginning to study

Whether it's gluten-free, dairy-free, raw food, or all-organic, many people these days are committed to so-called "clean eating" — the ...
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Podcast: How technology keeps cancer-causing mycotoxins out of our food

Here's a question for you: what if there were dangerous toxins that could make their way into your food, but ...
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Podcast: How ‘activist science’ behind IARC’s glyphosate assessment fuels unjustified cancer lawsuits

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a monograph concluding that glyphosate, the active ingredient in ...
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Podcast: Farming without chemicals: Pesticide-carrying bees poised to revolutionize agriculture?

While the GMO controversy rages, a handful of companies are taking another innovative approach to crop protection ...
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Podcast: Where did GMOs come from? The fascinating history of genetic engineering

Forget the headlines about ‘Frankenfoods’ - there's a much richer and more nuanced story to be told about the history ...