NIH retiring chimps as test animals. What other animal testing reforms are in store?

NIH retiring chimps as test animals. What other animal testing reforms are in store?

Recent tests of car exhaust on monkeys have renewed the debate around animal testing. While researchers say eliminating animal testing ...
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USDA report: Pesticide data shows US food supply ‘one of the safest in the world’

More than 20% of food sampled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2016 show no detectable pesticides and less ...
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Australia approves GMO canola high in omega-3 fatty acids for human consumption and animal feed

Nufarm is turning its attention to Asian markets after Australian regulators approved its genetically modified omega-3 canola for human consumption and use in animal ...
Genetic engineering promises cornucopia of future products—but biotechnology critics take lethal aim

Genetic engineering promises cornucopia of future products—but biotechnology critics take lethal aim

Genetic engineering may soon be giving us products that appear to be pulled from the realm of science fiction. Researchers ...
Do cell phones cause cancer? Unlikely, but activists are skeptical of journalists who present the facts

Do cell phones cause cancer? Unlikely, but activists are skeptical of journalists who present the facts

While it has been theorized that radiation from cellphone usage has the ability to cause cancer, there is no evidence ...
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Second patient added to human gene-editing study, with no side effects so far

A second patient has been treated in a historic gene editing study in California, and no major side effects or ...
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India’s moves to limit Monsanto’s patent royalty payments on GMO seeds could put country’s cotton industry at risk

If India is to reverse the rapid decline in its cotton exports ... it is clear it needs another big ...
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Recombinetics joins battle over whether USDA or FDA should oversee gene-edited animal regulations

Editor's note: Tammy Lee Stanoch is the president & CEO of Recombinetics, an animal gene-editing company based in St. Paul, Minnesota ...
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Spain expands GMO corn production by 20%, UK eyes gene editing

Four countries in the EU grew commercial genetically modified (GM) maize in 2016, with Spain adopting the largest area. According ...
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3-parent embryos: UK doctors identify two women to undergo breakthrough, controversial procedure

Doctors in Newcastle have been granted permission to create Britain’s first “three-person babies” for two women who are at risk ...
Golden Rice: The GMO crop Greenpeace hates and humanitarians love

Golden Rice: The GMO crop Greenpeace hates and humanitarians love

Golden Rice is back in the news as the Philippines and Bangladesh move closer towards approval of the GMO food ...
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Olympic gene doping: How WADA is managing new performance-enhancing technologies

The start of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang has once again brought questions of unethical athletic performance-enhancement, or doping, to ...
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Proposed California ballot initiative aligns GMO opponents with anti-vaxxers

Backers of an initiative that would ban genetically engineered food, plants and animals and over 300 listed substances from being ...
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Will India’s government scrap Monsanto’s patent royalties on insect-resistant GMO Bt cotton seeds?

Will the pressure to be seen as farmer-friendly, especially with national elections looming, lead the Narendra Modi government to scrap the “trait ...
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How should the FDA regulate CRISPR gene-edited animals?

Gene editing is touted as a promising new way of altering the DNA of plants or animals to speed their ...
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Future Olympic athletes could be required to have their entire DNA sequenced to test for ‘gene doping’

For years, the World Anti-Doping Agency has considered requiring all Olympic athletes to submit copies of their genetic code. It ...
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Should you test your baby for genetic disease risks at birth?

Before Cheryl Connolly gave birth to her first child, Loudon, she ran through the checklist of all the things expecting ...
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China’s tightening GMO regulations cause corn buyers to cancel purchases from US

Some Chinese buyers have canceled corn purchases from the United States and switched to rival supplier Ukraine, as Beijing tightens ...
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Viewpoint: How WHO’s IARC set off a global panic that threatens science and agriculture around the world

It’s not just in Europe that glyphosate divides governments: the very same molecule is responsible for a string lawsuits and ...
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DARPA: Biohackers should ‘think deeply’ about using themselves as research guinea pigs

[DARPA biotechnology director Justin] Sanchez was not only [at Body Hacking Con] to promote the agency’s expansive research portfolio. He ...
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Nigeria on track to commercialize GMO cowpeas, rice, sorghum, corn and cotton

The Biosafety Bill was signed into law in 2015, putting Nigeria on the map of countries with requisite regulations for ...
IARC defends methodology, 'probably carcinogenic' glyphosate designation against criticisms

IARC defends methodology, ‘probably carcinogenic’ glyphosate designation against criticisms

The World Health Organization's cancer agency is firmly defending its finding that a widely used herbicide is "probably carcinogenic" despite ...
Biohackers forge ahead with independent, unregulated research

Biohackers forge ahead with independent, unregulated research

Alessandro [Volpato] isn't a hobby chef, nor is he chemist or an electrician. But he might be a mixture of ...
Viewpoint: Public enthusiasm for genetics tempered by distrust, privacy concerns

Viewpoint: Public enthusiasm for genetics tempered by distrust, privacy concerns

Cheaper genome sequencing is expanding our ability to understand risks associated with genetic mutations. But not everyone embraces these advances, ...
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Partisan divide erupts on glyphosate-cancer science as IARC supporters push ‘Monsanto Papers’ narrative

“There appear to be serious problems with the science underlying [the International Agency for Research on Cancer]’s [2015] assessment of ...
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Europe should embrace new breeding techniques to make farming more sustainable, says EU agriculture committee chair

The vice-chair of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee has argued that Europe should embrace innovative biotechnologies to boost food production ...
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Despite GMO cotton controversy, Burkina Faso still open to GE crops, sterile mosquitoes to combat malaria

Agriculturalists in Burkina Faso say their country is still open to using the tools of biotechnology, despite the decision to stop ...
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International organic farming group IFOAM declares opposition to CRISPR gene-edited crops

IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements) has published a position paper on the new genetic engineering techniques. The aim is provide ...