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Viewpoint: Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni should trust country’s scientists—not activists—on GMO safety

Editor's note: Arthur Makara is the executive director of the Science Foundation for Livelihoods and Development in Uganda When [Uganda's] President ...
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Ethical questions surround deep brain stimulation therapy for Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases

[D]eep brain stimulation [is] a type of therapy in which one or more electrodes are inserted into your brain and ...
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‘Organic GMOs’: Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak on how genetic engineering can reduce pesticide use and protect the environment

[Genetic engineering] is a powerful tool that can help us farm responsibly and sustainably by minimizing damage to the environment and ...
CRISPR crops—exempt from GMO regulations—reaching US market in record time

CRISPR crops—exempt from GMO regulations—reaching US market in record time

CRISPR–Cas9-edited plants can be cultivated and sold free from regulation, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making increasingly clear ...
GMO water? 'Raw water' company falsely claims purified tap water 'doesn't have capacity to reproduce life'

GMO water? ‘Raw water’ company falsely claims purified tap water ‘doesn’t have capacity to reproduce life’

The New York Times reported earlier this week on a new trend: "raw water." Several companies around the country are ...
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Is speculation about alien life legitimate science? Or merely a distraction?

Speculation about extraterrestrials seems to be everywhere these days. [Recently] it was “Tabby’s Star” (more officially known as KIC 8462852), ...
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Monsanto seeks Brazilian approval to test controversial weed-controlling dicamba herbicide-resistant GMO soy seeds

The Brazilian unit of seed and agrochemicals maker Monsanto on Thursday [Jan. 11] said it will run field tests with ...
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Rwanda begins process of legalizing GMO crops

Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has drafted a law governing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Rwanda which will soon be ...
In Uganda, anti-GMO scare tactics even taint conventional hybrid crops

In Uganda, anti-GMO scare tactics even taint conventional hybrid crops

Uganda is moving closer to allowing cultivation of GMO crops. But there is considerable confusion among the Ugandan public over ...
Public embrace of CRISPR gene editing key to future of agriculture

Public embrace of CRISPR gene editing key to future of agriculture

The process of producing food, protecting the environment, and improving animal health is advancing at a seemingly breakneck pace. These ...
We produce enough food on this planet to feed everyone: So why do we need GMOs?

We produce enough food on this planet to feed everyone: So why do we need GMOs?

A new "planetary boundaries" study says agriculture can be more sustainable to save the planet. Others say the numbers don't ...
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Viewpoint: African farmers blocked from using life-saving GMO bananas by European activists

Anti-biotech groups funded by Western activists campaign against the commercialization of GMO crops in Africa, such as a new disease-resistant ...
Viewpoint: Oprah for president? Junk science enabler?

Viewpoint: Oprah for president? Junk science enabler?

Oprah Winfrey’s recent speech at the Golden Globes captured the imagination of countless people with rumors spreading that it could ...
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue: We have a duty to farmers to harness safe crop biotechnology

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue: We have a duty to farmers to harness safe crop biotechnology

Editor's note: Sonny Perdue is the US Secretary of Agriculture. He is a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and ...
Bangladesh develops country's first GMO rice variety

Bangladesh develops country’s first GMO rice variety

Scientists in Bangladesh have developed the country's first biotech rice variety giving farmers an answer to the difficulties they face ...
Sri Lankan tea farmers want glyphosate herbicide ban overturned

Sri Lankan tea farmers want glyphosate herbicide ban overturned

Tea farmers in Sri Lanka want their government to reauthorize the use of glyphosate for agriculture. The country is one ...
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Dog DNA could be man’s best friend: Clone of gene-edited dog aids human heart disease research

With his black, brown and white fur, Longlong looks like most beagles. But the puppy has been sick with a ...
Is President Trump pro-GMO?

Is President Trump pro-GMO?

“We are streamlining regulations that have blocked cutting-edge biotechnology, setting free our farmers to innovate, thrive, and to grow,” Trump told a ...
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Battling rhino poachers with DNA evidence

In murder investigations, DNA evidence often helps to link a perpetrator to a crime scene and put him or her ...
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Artificial intelligence: How can we regulate without stifling innovation?

There is disagreement among some of the top minds in technology when it comes to the subject of regulating artificial ...
Viewpoint: Misguided activism imperils potential of golden rice

Viewpoint: Misguided activism imperils potential of golden rice

Golden rice has the potential to solve a significant health problem in developing nations, where hundreds of thousands of children ...
Blight-resistant GMO potatoes could reduce pesticide use in Uganda

Blight-resistant GMO potatoes could reduce pesticide use in Uganda

Uganda is steadily progressing towards having a potato that will not require chemical spraying. ... According to Dr Alex Barekye, ...
Will Canadians accept unlabeled genetically modified salmon?

Will Canadians accept unlabeled genetically modified salmon?

Between April and June [2017], Canadians participated in an unprecedented experiment: supermarket shoppers bought about five tonnes of genetically engineered ...
Does our genetics 'determine' how 'smart' we can become? Debate erupts in Britain

Does our genetics ‘determine’ how ‘smart’ we can become? Debate erupts in Britain

Education in England is no better than mediocre, and billions of pounds have been wasted on pointless university courses and ...
Geneticist Wayne Parrott: Non-GMO label promotes food safety misconceptions

Geneticist Wayne Parrott: Non-GMO label promotes food safety misconceptions

Marketers have learned to never underestimate the power of claiming superiority due to the absence of something.  Nowhere is this ...
Ugandan anti-GMO activists applaud President Museveni's rebuke of bill authorizing GMOs

Ugandan anti-GMO activists applaud President Museveni’s rebuke of bill authorizing GMOs

Civil society activists have backed President Museveni for rejecting to assent to the Biosafety Bill 2017, saying the move saved ...
How African nations expect to learn from Burkina Faso's GMO Bt cotton breeding problems

How African nations expect to learn from Burkina Faso’s GMO Bt cotton breeding problems

Stakeholders in the agricultural biotechnology sector are offering assurances that the problems that prompted Burkina Faso to temporarily halt cultivation ...
Saudi Arabia requires premarital genetic screening. How is it working out?

Saudi Arabia requires premarital genetic screening. How is it working out?

In Saudi Arabia, if you’re planning to tie the knot, there’s a step you must go through that doesn’t happen ...