2-28-2018 ben-greenfield

Big breakthrough? Man’s penis injected with stem cells at controversial clinic

Ben Greenfield is a cult figure among fitness fanatics, a guru to the sort of nerds who devote themselves to ...
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European farm groups defend neonicotinoids as environmental NGOs calls for total ban to protect bees

[Editor's note: On Feb. 28, the European Food Safety Authority issued a report concluding that neonicotinoid insecticides pose risks to ...
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Viewpoint: Regulatory overreach looms as obstacle for New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) in agriculture

The fast-moving world of plant breeding — fueled by advances in CRISPR and other techniques — has tossed a wrench ...
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On India’s black market, herbicide-tolerant GMO cotton seeds sell for 1.7 times what Monsanto charged

[W]hile the government wanted to keep prices low for Indian farmers, as [the South Asia Biotechnology Centre] points out, the ...
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Anti-GMO group plans to sue New Zealand food safety regulator over Golden Rice approval

Campaign group GE-Free New Zealand is considering taking legal action against regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and the ...
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Viewpoint: We need strong federal funding to tackle brain disorders

Because of breakthroughs like those of the Human Genome Project, and the development of new scientific tools and techniques, we ...
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Wading through California’s coffee-cancer controversy

California might soon start requiring Starbucks to warn its customers that coffee causes cancer. Has California gone nuts, or is ...
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Employing gene drives to protect rare species comes with risks

There is an ambitious poison baiting campaign currently being planned for Gough [island] in an attempt to control rodent numbers ...
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Bayer-Monsanto merger stalls Burkina Faso’s GMO cotton plans

Talks with Bayer to reintroduce genetically modified (GM) cotton in Burkina Faso are on hold pending the German drug and ...
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Should we fear all of these ‘toxins’ alternative medicine warns us about?

“Detox diets” and “detox kits” are dietary interventions that are claimed to support or promote the elimination of toxins. They ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticides pose risks to wild bees and honeybees, European Food Safety Authority says

The world’s most widely used insecticides pose a serious danger to both honeybees and wild bees, according to a major ...
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Viewpoint: Bans on neonicotinoid insecticides may not actually help bees

Public pressure is growing in Australia to ban the sale of pesticides called neonicotinoids because of their harmful effects on bees. The ...
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Quest to find ‘Olympic genes’ comes up short—so far

In 2014, the former Soviet nation of Uzbekistan announced a plan that it hoped would give it a leg up ...
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Federal judge halts California’s plan to require cancer warning label on glyphosate products

A federal judge on Monday halted California’s plan to require Monsanto to place warning labels on its Roundup products, saying scientists haven’t ...
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Canadian beekeepers sue Bayer and Syngenta, blame neonicotinoid manufacturers for bee deaths

A Quebec class-action lawsuit against two producers of neonicotinoids — commonly used insecticides that have been linked to a declining population of honeybees — ...
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15 surprising GMO and gene-edited crop advances underway in South and Central America

Latin America is a vital region in the global production of genetically modified (GM) crops, with Brazil and Argentina ranked ...
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Are consumer genetic tests misused by doctors and alternative health providers?

Health practitioners with little or no training or perspective in genetics are dabbling in this rapidly advancing field. Utilizing results ...
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Controversial natural supplement kratom draws FDA’s ire after Salmonella outbreak

It’s no secret that the Food Drug Administration isn’t a fan of kratom, a popular herb purported to help people with digestive ...
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Esophageal cancer treated with risky modified T-cell therapy in China

Esophageal cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in China. Like many other types, cancer of the esophagus ...
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What 3D printing can teach us about how to regulate CRISPR gene editing

Australia’s gene technology regulations have not been revised since 2001- despite many game-changing advances in genetic technologies over the past 17 ...
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Video: Josiah Zayner’s deep dive into DIY biohacking

In 2016, Josiah Zayner, a former synthetic biology research scientist at NASA, checked himself into a hotel room. Over the ...
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How DARPA wants to create spies from genetically modified sea life

The US military wants to enlist fish and other sea life to help it track enemy submarines at sea. The ...
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Sri Lanka lifts ban on glyphosate herbicide after farmers protest

In its first reform act after the humiliating defeat it suffered in the local bodies elections held on February 10, ...
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Will Australia free CRISPR gene-edited crops from government regulation?

Gene editing technology – CRISPR is the best-known example – would be freed from government regulation under a proposal by ...
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Viewpoint: Forcing Monsanto out of India could have serious consequences for cotton farmers

[T]hose who advocate swadeshi tend to forget that the Bt seeds patented by Monsanto were responsible for doubling the yield of cotton ...
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Dystopian ‘Black Mirror’ scenarios predict dark future for artificial intelligence

[A] new report by more than 20 researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, OpenAI, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation warns that ...
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China pushes ahead in race to treat cancer with CRISPR gene editing

Shaorong Deng is sitting up in bed at the Hangzhou Cancer Hospital waiting for his doctor. Thin and frail, the ...
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Farmers, environmental advocacy groups disagree on neonicotinoids’ impact on bees

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group is among the organizations lobbying the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the pesticides, known ...

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