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Podcast: Bridging the gap between farmers and consumers on GMOs, sustainable agriculture

Agronomist and entrepreneur Robert Saik has a lifetime of experience in farming. For years, he has been a leading advocate ...
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Podcast: Why did we survive, when the Denisovans and Neanderthals did not?

The Denisovans have long been one of the most elusive ancient human cousins, until now. In May 2019, scientists revealed ...
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Podcast: Francis Galton: Brilliant scientist—and eugenics pioneer. How do we address his racist legacy?

Geneticist Dr Kat Arney explores how Francis Galton's eugenic ideas led directly to some of the 20th century's worst atrocities ...
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Podcast: Has sickle cell disease met its match in CRISPR gene editing?

Dr. Brenda Eustace, director of discovery research at Vertex, joins plant geneticist Kevin Folta to discuss this promising treatment ...
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Podcast: Food 5.0—GMOs, robots and the future of farming with agronomist Robert Saik

The high efficiency of modern agriculture has a downside: most consumers don't know the first thing about farming ...
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Podcast: Animal-free, GMO ice cream could start a food revolution. But how does it taste?

The realm of plant-based meat substitutes has gotten a lot of buzz lately. Think the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat ...
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Podcast: How nano bar codes made with probiotics are used to protect product consistency and safety

Products move from producer to consumer through complicated networks called supply chains. These routes of custody involve many people and ...
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Podcast: Should you get your entire genome sequenced? The pros and cons of diving into your DNA

Given how little we know about how variations in the genome affect health and disease, is direct-to-consumer whole genome sequencing ...
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Podcast: Glyphosate, cancer and ‘corporate conspiracies’–“Regulatory capture” by anti-science activists in the Roundup controversy

Our useful threat-detection instinct has been warped into a serious handicap as we attempt to evaluate risks to our health ...
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Podcast: Does the Nobel Prize overlook important scientific achievements?

Nobel prizes are often seen as the pinnacle of scientific achievement. But are they a fair way of recognizing contributions ...
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Podcast: AI-powered nutrition devices could cut exploding obesity rates. Will FDA rules keep them off the market?

Medical devices powered by artificial intelligence could help overweight people customize diets based on their biomarkers ...
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Podcast: Battle to conquer HIV with biotechnology is on. How much progress have we made?

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is to blame for one of the worst public health crises the world has ever ...
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Podcast: Bt eggplant in Bangladesh—the GMO crop that boosted farmer profits 6-fold

Subsistence farmers in Bangladesh make a living by growing, harvesting and selling brinjal, or the fruit westerners know as eggplant ...
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Podcast: Land use for animal agriculture has declined 140 million hectares since 2000. Can we keep this ‘livestock revolution’ alive?

We're often told raising animals for food takes a devastating toll on the environment, consuming ever more natural resources, hastening ...
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Podcast: Nobel prize winner Sir Paul Nurse on his ‘barking mad’ discovery of the genes responsible for cell division

Leading geneticist and Nobel prizewinner Sir Paul Nurse reveals the audacious experiment that everyone said was crazy ...
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Podcast: Biologist Rob Wager takes on anti-GMO scientists at 1st International Conference on Agroecology

Economic growth fueled by market reforms has cut poverty in the developing world drastically over the last 30 years. But ...
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Podcast: Save our forests with GMO trees? Let’s look at the costs and benefits first

We have genetically engineered food; how about trees? In [June 8's] Academic Minute, North Carolina State University's Jason Delborne looks ...
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Podcast: Could domesticated bacteria help break our dependence on fossil fuels?

Microbes surround us and enhance our lives in almost innumerable ways. These helpful micro-machines catalyze key reactions required to produce ...
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Podcast: Indiana chefs contemplate serving GMO salmon as fish eggs begin hatching in nearby facility

Genetically modified salmon developed by biotech firm AquaBounty may soon be on the menu in the United States, possibly in ...
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Podcast: CRISPR immunizes pigs against PRRS—deadly viral disease that costs $600 million annually

Christine Burkard, assistant professor of infection and immunity at the Roslin Institute in Scotland, says her team has devised a ...
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Podcast: As more US farmers retire, here’s how to recruit a new generation of growers to feed us

Is farming for the aging? While Paul McCartney ponders, “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when ...
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Podcast: Meet Mary Mangan—the biologist who crashes anti-GMO events and debunks junk science on Twitter

Mangan discusses her unique approach to spreading science literacy ...
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Podcast: More fearful of crop losses than jail, Indian farmers grow illegal GMO Bt eggplant

While Indian farmers have benefited tremendously from growing insect-resistant GMO cotton, the government has outlawed the cultivation of genetically engineered ...
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Podcast: Remembering Rosalind Franklin: The overlooked scientist who helped discover the DNA double helix

Everyone knows that Watson and Crick discovered the structure of DNA. But fewer are aware of the contribution of Rosalind ...
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Podcast: Glyphosate-tainted breakfast? Plant geneticist Kevin Folta debunks fear-based CBS Roundup report

Does the network get it right? Not even close, says Folta ...
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Podcast: Flower color, bees and biodiversity—how pollinators drive plant evolution

Kat Arney and reporter Graihagh Jackson get lost in the Valley of Hybridization ...
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Podcast: How farmers grow the 2.7 billion pounds of coffee we drink every year

Whether you typically crave a drip coffee or something a bit more intricate, we can all agree that caffeine is ...
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Podcast: Jurassic Park paleontologist Jack Horner on resurrecting extinct species with genetic engineering

Although dinosaurs are probably never coming back, the scenes from Jurassic Park are an extrapolation of actual research being performed ...