How COVID deniers are taking pages out of the anti-vaccine movement's playbook

How COVID deniers are taking pages out of the anti-vaccine movement’s playbook

One of the most notable things about the COVID-19 pandemic has been how fast two science denialist movements made common cause ...
More or less deadly? Which way is SARS-CoV-2 evolving?

More or less deadly? Which way is SARS-CoV-2 evolving?

No lethal pandemic lasts forever. The 1918 flu, for example, crisscrossed the globe and claimed tens of millions of lives, ...
Viewpoint: Why organic farming won't help preserve the world's biodiversity

Viewpoint: Why organic farming won’t help preserve the world’s biodiversity

A recent paper finds that if just 15 percent of farmland reverted to nature, it would wipe out nearly a third ...
Your personal genetic makeup can determine whether you respond to a treatment, get worse, or even die

Your personal genetic makeup can determine whether you respond to a treatment, get worse, or even die

Henk-Jan Guchelaar knows all too well the serious problems that the side-effects of medication can cause. As a professor of clinical pharmacy at the ...
Golden Rice could fight deadly vitamin A deficiency now. Why do farmers have to wait another 3 years to grow it?

Golden Rice could fight deadly vitamin A deficiency now. Why do farmers have to wait another 3 years to grow it?

It’s one of the world’s most preventable tragedies. Every year, as many as 500,000 children go blind because their diet ...
Viewpoint: Do we really need GM fish? The case for growing (and eating) AquaBounty’s biotech, fast-growing salmon

Viewpoint: Do we really need GM fish? The case for growing (and eating) AquaBounty’s biotech, fast-growing salmon

Innovation and creative thinking in the protein industry is ever-evolving. You may have read some of our posts on the ...
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Viewpoint: Depopulation conspiracy debunked. Western billionaires aren’t using GMOs to control Africa’s food supply

The truth is that African farmers need biotech crops as climate change makes farming an increasingly difficult profession ...
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Podcast: How do COVID vaccines work? CRISPR kills cancer; Danish study debunks mask mandates?

The leading COVID-19 vaccines are RNA-based immunizations and the first of their kind. How do they work, and are they ...
Viewpoint: COVID won't subside in the US until 70% of us are immune. That means: 'Get a vaccine'

Viewpoint: COVID won’t subside in the US until 70% of us are immune. That means: ‘Get a vaccine’

The United States is one of the most seriously COVID-19-impacted countries, faring the worst among the ten most-affected countries worldwide, as ...
Halal effect: Global Muslim communities face unique COVID challenges, including a religion-grounded hesitation to vaccines

Halal effect: Global Muslim communities face unique COVID challenges, including a religion-grounded hesitation to vaccines

COVID-19 has spared no ethnic, racial or religious group. It treats everyone with equal disdain. But that doesn’t mean that ...
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As the CRISPR revolution advances, here’s how gene editing will actually help farmers and consumers

2020 has been an eventful year for gene editing. The recent Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier ...
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Viewpoint: Glyphosate-cancer trials illustrate how tort lawyers undermine science in the courtroom

Should we be fair to chemical manufacturers when they are sued? First of all, who are they? Since everything in ...
Viewpoint: Europe's globally important wine industry threatened by pesticide, biotech phobias

Viewpoint: Europe’s globally important wine industry threatened by pesticide, biotech phobias

“Make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly.” That's the lofty goal of the European Union's (EU) Farm to Fork Strategy, ...
Level the playing field: Genetics makes us not only different but unequal. CRISPR could change that. Should we do it?

Level the playing field: Genetics makes us not only different but unequal. CRISPR could change that. Should we do it?

Over the past decade, economists, sociologists and psychologists have begun collaborating with geneticists to investigate how genomic differences among human ...
Viewpoint: Nobel Prize for CRISPR refutes anti-GMO activist rhetoric about crop gene editing

Viewpoint: Nobel Prize for CRISPR refutes anti-GMO activist rhetoric about crop gene editing

The year is coming to an end, and 2020 has popped a balloon filled with myths, untruths and lies deliberately ...
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Sustainability gap on Farm to Fork: What are the global consequences of Europe’s embrace of ‘green political correctness’

European Union politicians call it a “protein transition” strategy—the continent’s sustainable farming blueprint embodied in the Green Deal, the heart ...
Are Sudanese Arabs?

Are Sudanese Arabs?

Sudan, once the largest and one of the most geographically diverse states in Africa, split into two countries in July ...
Battle over 15-year GMO ban extension rages in Peru as farmers breed and cultivate illegal biotech seed

Battle over 15-year GMO ban extension rages in Peru as farmers breed and cultivate illegal biotech seed

In the midst of a ferocious debate over the future of biotechnology in Latin America, the Peruvian Congress recently extended ...
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To the victor go the spoils: How Homo sapiens prevailed in battles for survival with Neanderthals

Around 600,000 years ago, humanity split in two. One group stayed in Africa, evolving into us. The other struck out ...
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Viewpoint: Despite its ‘social justice pretense’ agroecology promotes poverty in developing countries

The world is made up of sunshine and butterflies, roses and rainbows. If we can stop Father Profit from raping ...
Viewpoint: Politics and science in Europe: How the development of COVID-19 vaccines highlights ideological inconsistency and hypocrisy

Viewpoint: Politics and science in Europe: How the development of COVID-19 vaccines highlights ideological inconsistency and hypocrisy

The announcement that Astra-Zeneca, a British-Swedish biopharmaceutical company, had developed the third coronavirus vaccine to show promise in Phase III ...
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Podcast: Beyond CRISPR and gene therapy—How ‘gene writing’ is poised to transform the treatment of even the rarest diseases

In just a few short years, gene editing has launched a biomedical revolution, yielding previously unimaginable treatments for conditions ranging ...
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What did a teenage girl look like 9,000 years ago? Here is her face, reconstructed from bone fragments found in a cave in Greece

Swedish sculptor Oscar Nilsson reconstructed the face of an 18-year-old young woman, dubbed Avgi, whose 9,000-year-old bones were found in ...
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Podcast: GM salmon coming soon? Food ingredients you can’t pronounce are safe; Monsanto patent lawsuit myths

Monsanto never sued farmers because their fields were accidentally contaminated with the company's GM seed. AquaBounty's genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon ...
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Monsanto wrongly sued farmers for patent infringement? Federal courts put down David v Goliath myth for good

Does greedy Monsanto sue small-time farmers for patent infringement because their fields are accidentally contaminated with the company's GM seeds? ...
Viewpoint: Calling Great Barrington Declaration endorsers 'COVID deniers' itself denies there are better strategies than lockdowns to contain the pandemic

Viewpoint: Calling Great Barrington Declaration endorsers ‘COVID deniers’ itself denies there are better strategies than lockdowns to contain the pandemic

We may not know for quite a while whether the three academics who wrote the Great Barrington Declaration are right or ...
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Viewpoint: How postmodernism birthed Europe’s anti-GMO movement

Tounderstand why Europe is restricting the use of some technologies, while the United States are not following the same path ...
Bog bodies of Europe: 2500-year-old, naturally preserved humans provide astonishing insight into ancient cultures

Bog bodies of Europe: 2500-year-old, naturally preserved humans provide astonishing insight into ancient cultures

The peat bogs of Ireland, Denmark, the U.K. and other European countries have yielded human remains for well over a ...