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Talking Biotech: Genetic engineering could protect at-risk forests—but regulation blocks progress

Changing climates and pathogens threaten forests. Biotechnology could help, if regulators get out of the way ...
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Audio: Crash course on the CRISPR-edited foods headed for grocery stores

Genetically modified organisms, GMOs, have been common on American farms for years. But a new generation of gene-edited food, through ...
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Podcast: How deep brain stimulation relieves depression symptoms

There's new evidence that mild pulses of electricity can relieve depression — if they reach the right target in the ...
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Podcast with Dr. Paul Offit: Striking similarities between anti-biotech and anti-vaccine activism

The anti-vaccine and anti-GMO movements are increasingly overlapping in methods and outlook ...
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Podcast: Countering the ‘culture of alarmism’ surrounding modern farming

The culture of alarmism is an unending and relentless drumbeat that everything sold in the grocery store, every piece of ...
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Talking Biotech: Tough questions about genetic engineering—a listener interviews Dr. Kevin Folta

Roles are reversed on this week's podcast. Science enthusiast and blogger Gary Nolan interviews Dr. Folta ...
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Podcast: What does sadness look like in the brain?

Scientists may have caught a glimpse of what sadness looks like in the brain. A study of 21 people found ...
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Talking Biotech: As demand for food rises, the world needs more plant scientists

The world needs plant scientists. Two experts explain how you can join the field ...
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Talking Biotech: Corporations corrupt science research? What are real conflicts of interest?

A closer look at how money influences science ...
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Podcast: GLP’s Jon Entine on the spread of ‘chemophobia’

Chemicals are used to grow, process, preserve and package our food, and are ubiquitous in many products and in our ...
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Talking Biotech: Meet the liquor store owner boycotting Smirnoff’s ‘non-GMO’ vodka

Meet Allison Nondorf, a farmer and co-owner of A&C Liquid Assets in Kansas. The liquor store refuses to sell Smirnoff's ...
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Podcast: Exactly how does the brain do something as simple as storing a phone number?

You hear a new colleague's name. You get directions to the airport. You glance at a phone number you're about ...
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Podcast: South Australian farmers want access to GMO crops as moratorium debate rages

ABC reports on debate over South Australia’s GMO moratorium. Flinders MP Peter Treloar states that he has not seen any ...
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Talking Biotech: How insects could make our food supply more sustainable

Producing feed for animals we eat has led to overfishing and other environmental challenges. Feeding our livestock insects might solve ...
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Talking Biotech: Mango is a vital food crop worldwide. But where did it come from?

Mango is popular worldwide, but especially important in India and southeast Asia. On this episode, Emily Warschefsky and Kevin Folta ...
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Beyond pesticides: Engineered crops that fertilize themselves from air

Plants are surrounded by nitrogen, but it's unusable as found in the atmosphere. Scientists may be able to change that ...
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Talking Biotech: Thalidomide once caused birth defects—now it treats cancer

The sleep medication thalidomide caused thousands of birth defects in the 1960s. But experts say it's also a powerful cancer ...
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Talking Biotech: There’s a worldwide vanilla shortage. Can science save our favorite food flavoring?

Vanilla is the world's favorite food flavoring—but there's not enough to go around. Thankfully, scientists are developing new ways to ...
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Talking Biotech: Using psychology to disarm anti-GMO activists

Activists use fear to spread doubt about GMO safety. How can scientists counter this powerful debate tactic? ...
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Talking Biotech: 30-year study confirms environmental benefits of glyphosate use

Anti-GMO activists continue to warn about the dangers of glyphosate, but 30 years of data show the controversial herbicide is ...
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Talking Biotech: The Kevin Folta—Biofortified controversy: When transparency and confidentiality conflict

Transparency helps scientists earn public trust. But what happens when their research requires confidentiality? Kevin Folta and Paul Vincelli tackle ...
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Talking Biotech: Artemisinin—the malaria treatment that could help prevent 400,000 deaths a year

University of York's Dr. Ian Graham joins Kevin Folta to discuss how the plant-derived compound artemesia could help beat back ...
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Talking Biotech: Chicken is the most widely grown animal in the world, but where did this popular bird come from?

Chicken is essential to modern agriculture, but where did it come from? Oxford University's Dr. Greger Larson explores this popular ...
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Talking Biotech: Winning the disease resistance ‘arms race’ against plant pathogens to ensure food security

The disease resistance arms race between plants and pathogens continues. But scientists have entered this war on the side of ...
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Talking Biotech: Probing the psychology of consumers who fear GMOs

Why do consumers fear technologies that have generated an abundant food supply? Economist Dr. David Just explains how emotion influences ...
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Talking Biotech: How scientists outsmart cancer-causing fungi that threaten our food supply

Alfatoxins are a significant threat to human health and world food security. They are naturally-occurring toxic compounds produced by the ...
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Talking Biotech: The story of a vitamin-infused sweet potato that helped cut Africa’s infant mortality 25 percent

The 2016 World Food Prize went to a group that coordinated the breeding, promotion and distribution of the orange-fleshed sweet ...
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Talking Biotech: How barley gave us pregnancy tests, beer and helped launch an agricultural revolution

Dr. Sheila Adimargono joins Kevin Folta on this week's podcast to discuss barley's role in plant domestication and the development ...