Viewpoint: It’s time for a reassessment of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)'s role in sabotaging glyphosate, one of the world’s most popular — and safest — herbicides

Viewpoint: It’s time for a reassessment of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)’s role in sabotaging glyphosate, one of the world’s most popular — and safest — herbicides

As we’re in the midst of a reevaluation of whether the Virology Laboratory in Wuhan, China was the true source ...
How endangered great apes provide a crucial window into human evolution — and why we should help preserve these species

How endangered great apes provide a crucial window into human evolution — and why we should help preserve these species

When I was a kid, every trip to the zoo featured a visit to the orangutan habitat. I was fascinated ...
An activist-based PR campaign is poised to claim that the Earth faces a Silent Spring-like ‘insect armageddon.’ Will The New York Times and other media fall for the 'hysteria con' once again?

An activist-based PR campaign is poised to claim that the Earth faces a Silent Spring-like ‘insect armageddon.’ Will The New York Times and other media fall for the ‘hysteria con’ once again?

For the past four years, journalists and environmental bloggers have been churning out story after story that insects are vanishing, ...
Viewpoint: Stanford is a world-class science institution … except when it comes to critical thinking about the ‘sustainability myth’ of organic agriculture

Viewpoint: Stanford is a world-class science institution … except when it comes to critical thinking about the ‘sustainability myth’ of organic agriculture

Stanford, which consistently ranks among the top U.S. colleges and universities, is one of the great research institutions in the ...
Viewpoint: How the anti-GMO movement devolved from dangerous to irksome to irrelevant

Viewpoint: How the anti-GMO movement devolved from dangerous to irksome to irrelevant

Introduced in the 1990s, crops genetically engineered (GE) to withstand exposure to the weed killer glyphosate (Roundup) were a game-changer ...
You don’t have to be a COVID vaccine rejectionist to want to fully understand the nonspecific effects (NSE) of vaccines

You don’t have to be a COVID vaccine rejectionist to want to fully understand the nonspecific effects (NSE) of vaccines

The world’s attention is presently focused on the mRNA vaccines, which may turn out to be the most revolutionary vaccines ...
Epstein-Barr virus link? Tantalizing clues suggest EBV potentially triggers COVID long-haul symptoms

Epstein-Barr virus link? Tantalizing clues suggest EBV potentially triggers COVID long-haul symptoms

COVID-19 has already broken all the rules. Since when does a virus make people lose their sense of taste and ...
Extreme heat and evolution: We adapted to handle a vast range of temperatures but current conditions are pushing limits

Extreme heat and evolution: We adapted to handle a vast range of temperatures but current conditions are pushing limits

Heat waves are the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States, not the more photogenic windstorms and floods. Hotter ...
Viewpoint: How COVID has altered the future of US agriculture and the role of biotechnology

Viewpoint: How COVID has altered the future of US agriculture and the role of biotechnology

The past year has been a doozy. Being locked up for a year and watching half a million Americans die ...
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Re-examining 10 science-challenged ‘studies’ suggesting GMOs are harmful

The blog "10 Scientific Studies Proving GMOs Can Be Harmful To Human Health" is now a fixture on cyberspace. A ...
It affects 50 million Americans, and for now it's incurable. Here's what we know about the ear ringing disorder tinnitus — and its possible links to COVID-19 and vaccines

It affects 50 million Americans, and for now it’s incurable. Here’s what we know about the ear ringing disorder tinnitus — and its possible links to COVID-19 and vaccines

This past March, the CEO and founder of the Texas Roadhouse steakhouse chain, Kent Taylor, committed suicide. According to family ...
Activists and 'celebrity figures' are turning public opinion against crop biotechnology in Mexico

Activists and ‘celebrity figures’ are turning public opinion against crop biotechnology in Mexico

On New Year’s Eve 2020, the Mexican government announced its plan to ban GMO corn and phase out GMO corn ...
How Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and anti-vaxxers misrepresent the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) to scare people about COVID shot ‘dangers’

How Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and anti-vaxxers misrepresent the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) to scare people about COVID shot ‘dangers’

Convincing a parent that vaccines won't harm their children can be a near-possible task these days. As pediatric infectious disease ...
Viewpoint: Here's why activist environmentalists' promotion of a 'binary organic vs conventional/good vs evil dichotomy' is bad for sustainable agriculture

Viewpoint: Here’s why activist environmentalists’ promotion of a ‘binary organic vs conventional/good vs evil dichotomy’ is bad for sustainable agriculture

Due to successful fear-based marketing campaigns, the demand for organic food in many affluent countries is rising far faster than ...
Organic pesticide copper sulfate—unlike glyphosate—is a carcinogen, kills beneficial insects, decimates soil, pollutes water. It also works. Here are political and science reasons why regulators give it a free pass

Organic pesticide copper sulfate—unlike glyphosate—is a carcinogen, kills beneficial insects, decimates soil, pollutes water. It also works. Here are political and science reasons why regulators give it a free pass

Europe is currently in a frenzy trying to drum up enough support to dramatically rollback approvals of targeted synthetic pesticides, ...
Is Prevagen the 'silver bullet' supplement to treat Alzheimer’s disease? Distinguishing hope from hype in the battle against cognitive decline

Is Prevagen the ‘silver bullet’ supplement to treat Alzheimer’s disease? Distinguishing hope from hype in the battle against cognitive decline

The avalanche of TV ads for Prevagen that coincided with my reaching Medicare age has inspired me to investigate what’s ...
Viewpoint: This 11,000 page European Union report should end the debate over the ‘dangers’ posed by glyphosate weedkiller

Viewpoint: This 11,000 page European Union report should end the debate over the ‘dangers’ posed by glyphosate weedkiller

Glyphosate is a weed killer widely used by the agricultural industry and also available for consumer use in products like ...
How did Taiwan go from fortress impregnable to Asia’s COVID hotspot?

How did Taiwan go from fortress impregnable to Asia’s COVID hotspot?

In September 2020, I arrived in Taiwan on a flight from New York. I had read much about the border ...
Viewpoint: Eric Lander is the first geneticist to direct US science policy. Here’s how he can harness the biotechnology revolution

Viewpoint: Eric Lander is the first geneticist to direct US science policy. Here’s how he can harness the biotechnology revolution

Eric Lander—geneticist, mathematician, president and founding director of the Broad Institute— took the helm on June 2 as director of the Office of Science and ...
Saving our soil: 4 new microbial technologies that keep soil healthy and us fed

Saving our soil: 4 new microbial technologies that keep soil healthy and us fed

Soil microbes are hard to see and understand, yet we know that they have a significant impact on plant health, ...
Pregnant women’s brains show troubling signs of stress – but feeling strong social support can break those patterns

Pregnant women’s brains show troubling signs of stress – but feeling strong social support can break those patterns

Even before the pandemic, there was plenty for expectant mothers to worry about. Pregnant women must withstand a barrage of ...
GLP Podcast: 'Lefty' anti-GMO groups embrace lab-leak story; Organic nutrition myths; CRISPR treats crippling disease

GLP Podcast: ‘Lefty’ anti-GMO groups embrace lab-leak story; Organic nutrition myths; CRISPR treats crippling disease

Anti-GMO groups have hitched their wagons to the COVID lab-leak hypothesis to keep their flagging agenda alive. Organic produce is ...
What our embattled world looks like through the ‘eyes’ of SARS-CoV-2

What our embattled world looks like through the ‘eyes’ of SARS-CoV-2

I’m tired of writing about COVID from a geneticist’s point of view, so I thought I’d let a virus speak ...
How genetic engineering will help make fishing more sustainable

How genetic engineering will help make fishing more sustainable

After an arduous process that took more than 25 years from time of conception to commercialization, the GMO salmon was ...
Viewpoint: Can agroecology cut European food imports and grow more on less land all while cutting greenhouse gas emissions? It would take a lot

Viewpoint: Can agroecology cut European food imports and grow more on less land all while cutting greenhouse gas emissions? It would take a lot

Europe currently is heavily dependent on imports for food products as well as animal feed, particularly soy and corn. But ...
Podcast: 'Disinformation feedback loop': GLP's Jon Entine and geneticist Kevin Folta expose web of anti-biotech groups — and their anti-vaxx, cult-promoting funding sources

Podcast: ‘Disinformation feedback loop’: GLP’s Jon Entine and geneticist Kevin Folta expose web of anti-biotech groups — and their anti-vaxx, cult-promoting funding sources

The Genetic Literacy Project is a popular and respected science organization that promotes innovation and research using the cutting-edge tools ...
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