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‘A cleaner kill’: Harnessing the body’s immune system to battle cancer

What if your immune system could kill cancers in the same way it does colds and flu? This concept may ...
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Viewpoint: Blame the coronavirus on ‘industrial agriculture’? We need more, not less of it to stave off the next viral pandemic

An internet meme is circulating worldwide in the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic: “Every disaster starts with a scientist being ...
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‘Climate proofing’ the world’s food supply with edible microorganisms

We need a global food production system that is tolerant to unpredictable climate fluctuations ...
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Gods of genetic engineering: With the end of ‘Homo sapiens naturalis’ approaching, what is our place in nature?

Our society has evolved so much, can we still say that we are part of Nature? If not, should we ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Big Ag’ caused the coronavirus pandemic? Predatory science journal amplifies baseless COVID-19 conspiracy

With the global pandemic caused by Covid-19, agricultural supply chains around the world have been taxed to ensure consistent and ...
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Viewpoint: How precautionary public health policy turned coronavirus into a ‘global train wreck’

Worldwide coronavirus response was a failure in risk management ...
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How Liberia’s decisive response to contain the Ebola outbreak provides a blueprint for how to manage the coronavirus and future pandemics

In April of 2014, an outbreak of a disease named after the Ebola River in Congo was reported in Guinea, ...
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Can GMO tobacco plants produce vaccines for the coronavirus, flu and ebola?

The battle against COVID-19 will never be won before the majority of the population gains immunity to the new coronavirus ...
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Next-generation gene-editing technology: Path to a second Green Revolution?

Might gene-editing facilitate the task of generating and identifying yield-enhancing genetic variation? ...
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Are vaccines immunity ‘silver bullets’ to protect us against COVID-19? It depends on how quickly the coronavirus mutates.

Recent studies on COVID-19 mutation rates have revealed promising data that has given scientists across the globe a boost in ...
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Viewpoint: How consumer fear and misguided regulation limit the progress of crop biotechnology

There is a profound disconnect between the modern science of crop improvement and the farmer ...
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Can genetics explain the degrees of misery inflicted by the coronavirus?

“The single biggest threat to man's continued dominance on the planet is the virus.” Joshua Lederberg, Nobel Prize in Physiology ...
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Viewpoint: The dark side of biodiversity—Why living ‘in harmony’ with nature is a fantasy

The coronavirus is a brutal reminder to citizens abused by the rhetoric of conservationist movements that biodiversity is also a ...
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Podcast: Don’t treat that fever—Dr. Paul Offit on why many of medicine’s most popular practices are ‘overkill’

Vaccine skeptics, alternative health advocates and anti-GMO activists are regularly lambasted for ignoring evidence that challenges their ideology. As it ...
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Opinion: To reduce the likelihood of future pandemics, we need to rethink our relationship with wild animals and wild places

This article by Christian Walzer originally ran at Ensia and has been republished here with permission. The COVID-19 coronavirus has ...
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Podcast: GMOs to blame for coronavirus? Catching COVID-19 twice; junk studies fuel biotech skepticism

As the world continues to struggle against the rapidly spreading coronavirus, anti-GMO activists are blaming crop biotechnology for the pandemic ...
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Herd immunity and where it fits in the fight against the coronavirus

During the opening phases of the coronavirus pandemic, government officials in the UK drew scorn from health experts after suggesting ...
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‘Designed to be slow’: Why these coronavirus vaccines in the pipeline won’t be ready this year

New York City has become a curious mosaic of crowds and barrenness, people packed into hospitals and homes, yet familiar ...
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Viewpoint: Coronavirus journal—Anatomy of a pandemic

The first case of what we now know to be COVID-19 was diagnosed on November 17, 2019 in Hubei province ...
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Disease is the greatest threat to bee health. Can we protect them through genetically engineered probiotics?

If you cannot engineer the organism, engineer its microbiome. Since scientists began exploring how to solve problems using synthetic biology, ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-vaccine, anti-GMO groups use coronavirus outbreak to stir unfounded 5G-cancer fears

Leave it to science denialists to exploit a global crisis and tragedy to spread health hysteria. As the world struggles ...
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California grows 90% of America’s fresh strawberries. Does pesticide dependence threaten the industry’s future?

Agricultural abundance is a pillar of the California dream. In 2016 the state turned out more than US$45 billion worth ...
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‘Sophie’s Choice’ in the time of coronavirus: Deciding who gets the ventilator

Three otherwise healthy patients go to the emergency department with severe acute respiratory failure. Only one ventilator, required to sustain ...
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What’s ‘race’ got to do with it? Most of sub-Saharan Africa emerges as coronavirus ‘cold spot’, which may offer clues to finding COVID-19 vaccine

Do diseases discriminate on the basis of 'race'—or their genetic population, using more precise terminology? On the surface, this may ...
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Podcast: Coronavirus and food safety; debunking the ‘Dirty Dozen’; COVID-19 cure worse than the disease?

As the world takes unprecedented measures to blunt the coronavirus pandemic, some commentators argue 'the cure is worse than the ...
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Viewpoint: Regenerative agriculture—An oversold sustainability solution to climate change?

Over the past six months, major food companies, like General Mills, Danone North America, Kellogg, and others, have launched efforts ...
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Health benefits of GMO crops: Fewer farmer suicides, cancers and pesticide poisonings

Activists who desperately cling to lies about the risks of GM crops are now the ones who look 'very stupid.' ...
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In pursuit of coronavirus treatments and why we need to be cautious

It's impossible to keep up with entries at ClinicalTrials.gov that include the search term “COVID-19.” Last week when I posted Can ...
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