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How the pigweed Palmer amaranth became a ‘super weed’—and what it tells us about preventing herbicide resistance

Bound up with the bad news of super weeds is good news for farmers -- a window of opportunity ...
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Podcast: How ‘anti-CRISPR’ viral proteins can fine-tune gene editing in medicine and agriculture

Researchers hope to exploit this viral countermeasure to regulate gene editing and minimize unintended mutations during the editing process ...
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Viewpoint: Europe missed the GMO revolution. Sensible regulation could ensure they don’t miss out on CRISPR gene editing

The EU needs to take politics out of the GM approval process ...
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Viewpoint: Genetics can help us navigate the ‘toxic’ transgender debate in more compassionate ways

If we are ever to untangle the nature/nurture knot, we need to find ways past the petty politicizing exemplified by ...
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Assessing coronavirus media coverage: Too late, too alarmist, and too much censorship

Few Western media outlets are getting this one right ...
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Remember the questionable study claiming glyphosate boosts cancer risk 41%? Lead author reasserts her claim, EPA refutes it, and we take a second look

Sheppard and her co-authors are intent on favoring data that appears to support the existence of a risk from glyphosate ...
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Gene drives could revolutionize how we deal with pests—if the technology avoids the controversial fate of GMOs

In addition to research and laboratory ethics, gene drive proponents need to focus on public perception ...
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Viewpoint: Glyphosate causes kidney disease? Debunking anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva’s herbicide junk science

Seeing Vandana Shiva hosted at the University of California made me embarrassed to be a UC parent, alum, and faculty ...
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Viewpoint: Is a coronavirus vaccine on the horizon? Antiquated FDA regulations make it unlikely one will emerge in the US

A coronavirus vaccine in the foreseeable future? I’m not holding my breath ...
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Viewpoint: Free speech vs science—Should colleges invite anti-GMO speakers they know spread misinformation?

In the face of climate change, the expectation for evidence is doubled because of the dramatic implications ...
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Podcast: ‘How to argue with a racist’—geneticist Adam Rutherford challenges what he calls ‘pseudoscience’ in genetics and politics

Adam Rutherford explains how to argue with a racist, hunting for the ghosts in the human genome, and recreating the ...
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Salt tolerant plants are on the horizon – and critical to address the looming crisis of a shortage of arable farm land

An important study brings us one step closer to cultivating crops in previously infertile soil ...
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‘Rebooting the brain’: Our fight to bring people back from the dead

We may be on the verge of redefining 'brain death' following the partial revival of a man in France ...
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New ‘DNA clock’ finds that if our genes had their way, humans would have a ‘natural’ lifespan of 38 years

A genetic “clock” lets scientists estimate how long extinct creatures lived ...
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Viewpoint: Dicamba debacle trial forces a reevaluation: Was Monsanto a ‘bonafide bad actor’?

The toll on farmers is infuriating enough. But there could be widespread damage to the environment as well ...
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Will scientists ever get ahead of fast-mutating deadly health viruses? Exploring the coronavirus and the genetics of other viral outbreaks

Even as our methods of detection and treatment improve, we will likely never be able to completely stay ahead of ...
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FDA defends CRISPR-edited animal rules likely to block most uses: Is the agency trying to avoid litigation from anti-GMO groups?

"How can the presence of one identifiable variant justify the costs and delays of mandatory FDA oversight?" ...
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Viewpoint: Fact-checking anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva’s ‘Poison-Free, Fossil-Free’ food lecture

The event was a missed opportunity to have the more nuanced discussion that such an important topic deserves ...
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Brain chemicals fight for the status quo—that’s why it’s so hard to change people’s minds even when the science consensus is overwhelming

Why do people refuse to change their views when confronted with scientific consensus? Research is starting to show us how ...
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With Roundup-cancer settlement looming, activists revive conspiracy claim that glyphosate surfactants threaten human health

The narrative of underdog cancer victims unmasking corporate villains isn't backed up by the evidence ...
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‘Monsanto on the attack’: How an aggressive defense contributed to the ‘dicamba debacle’

It's pretty clear that the ag industry has a problem. But what is the nature of it? ...
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What’s your ‘ageotype’? Classification system explains why some of us are older—or younger—than we look

Study shows that "it’s possible to change the way you age for the better." ...
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Farmer vs farmer: After tens of thousands of acres of crop damage, what are we to make of the ‘dicamba debacle’?

For dicamba, even more than most ag issues in recent history, the devil is in the details ...
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Podcast: One of the most infamous fakes in biology? How Ernst Haeckel’s disputed embryo images sows confusion about evolution

Kat Arney takes a closer look at some of the most controversial images in science - Ernst Haeckel's illustrations of ...
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Can DNA predict who might be a mass murderer?

There have been repeated attempts over the past 50 years to find genetic links to criminal behavior or mass murderers ...
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Viewpoint: “On the wrong side of humanity and science”, Greenpeace Philippines launches last gasp effort to derail GMO Golden Rice approval

The time has come for all parties to embrace this humanitarian innovation ...
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Boosting Australia’s fire recovery by ‘terraforming’ damaged lands with synthetic biology

Biotechnology can provide valuable tools for fire prevention and restoration ...