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 ...
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Viewpoint: This is no time to cut corners on regulation of COVID-19 vaccines

With COVID-19 cases, the percentage of positive test results, and hospitalizations reaching record levels in much of the nation, the ...
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David v Goliath? What reporters and activists got wrong about 3 high-profile Monsanto patent suits

Anti-GMO folk hero and canola farmer Percy Schmeiser was the best-known avatar of the idea that Monsanto, now part of ...
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Despite poor healthcare, Africa leads the world in controlling COVID-19. Here are some reasons why

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on healthcare systems worldwide, but many African countries have done a commendable ...
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Viewpoint: Europe’s ‘nonsensical regulatory system’ blocks GMO seeds but circumvents biotech ban to exempt gene-edited COVID vaccines

As consumers, we all want to be reassured that the products we purchase are safe for us to use and ...
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Conspiracy promoter Mike ‘Health Ranger’ Adams built online disinformation Natural News online empire that subverts science, report finds

Alternative health guru and conspiracy theorist Mike Adams, founder of the popular website Natural News, has been identified as the ...
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How needless precaution kept a GMO ‘superfood’ off the market: Q&A with Golden Rice author Ed Regis

Seeing what has happened to Golden Rice over the course of 20 years, nothing would surprise me going forward ...
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Evolution’s ‘great leap forward’: When did humans cross the intelligence rubicon?

When did something like us first appear on the planet? It turns out there’s remarkably little agreement on this question ...
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African biotechnology advance: Vaccine breakthrough could prevent ‘catastrophic’ tick-borne diseases that cost farmers $19B annually

Livestock breeding is expected to be one of the engines of economic growth in Africa as it struggles to recover ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-Monsanto biopic ‘Percy’ tells misleading tale about GMOs and seed patents

As any experienced moviegoer knows, "This film is based on a true story" is more of a disclaimer than a ...
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Don’t eat it if you can’t pronounce it? Avoiding ‘scary-sounding ingredients’ won’t make you healthier

"If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it!” We are told that steering clear of scary-sounding ingredients is a simple, ...
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The COVID conspiracy theory that won’t go away: No, the novel coronavirus was not made in a lab — it came from bats

One of the conspiracy theories that have plagued attempts to keep people informed during the pandemic is the idea that ...
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‘Hero of progress’: How agronomist Norman Borlaug almost banished famine from Asia

Norman Borlaug’s work undeniably changed the world for the better ...
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Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright, and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics

The old adage about kids being resilient and able to bounce back from early traumas isn't necessarily borne out by ...
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Podcast: Anti-GMO ‘documentaries’; Cancel culture v Darwin? Biotech chestnut trees

So-called 'cancel culture' has already taken down a handful of prominent scientists and philosophers, living and deceased. One evolutionary biologist ...
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How immunotherapy is revolutionizing cancer care

More than a century ago, in 1910, President William Howard Taft made what then seemed a bold but reasonable prediction: ...
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Viewpoint: Swayed by anti-GMO groups, biotech pioneer Mexico lurches toward GM crop ban

“There is currently enough food in the world to feed 10 billion people,” writes the anti-GMO environmental group Green America ...
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Viewpoint: The questionable science behind Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain hacking project

If thoughts, feelings and other mental activities are nothing more than electrochemical signals flowing around a vast network of brain ...
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