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Plant-based meat critics say it’s not as healthy or sustainable as proponents claim. Let’s look at the nutrition and ecological science.

Education is not enough. Taste, cost, and convenience play dominant roles in shaping food choices ...
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Reconsidering LSD and other psychedelic drugs for treating depression and anxiety

There is a movement underway to reconsider how LSD and other psychedelic drugs are regulated. If restrictions were loosened, these ...
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GMO sustainability advantage? Glyphosate spurs no-till farming, preserving soil carbon

Skeptics of GMOs decry the growing practice of no-till farming and its connection to herbicide-tolerant crops. Yet, agronomists say good ...
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Viewpoint: Prohibiting treatment of transgender teens ignores reality of gender dysphoria

New study delves into the genetics of individuals with gender dysphoria ...
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The Varroa destructor mite is the greatest threat to US honeybees, and why things could get worse.

Researchers are looking at a long-term solution: develop bees that can fend off Varroa themselves ...
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Exercise Rx: Physical activity is ‘personal regenerative medicine’ and ‘acts like pharmaceutical drugs’

As researchers learn more about how exercise fights chronic ills like heart disease and diabetes, doctors may soon be able ...
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Artificial wombs could create seismic shift in the debate over abortion, reproductive rights

The ability to develop a fetus outside the mother's body could be here within decades. That means society will face ...
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Does organic mean ‘pesticide free’? 5 things to know about the USDA organic label

Here's what you're actually getting for that 'organic' premium price ...
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Growing tiny brains for research: Should we ‘frantically panic’ that something might go awry?

As mini-brains become more advanced, some researchers are worried they'll develop consciousness ...
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39 biotech experts’ open letter protests anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva’s ‘anti-science’ talks at Stanford and UC Santa Cruz

An activist who compares GMOs to rape and fertilizers to war should not be given a platform ...
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Viewpoint: After years of bashing agriculture and GMOs, Chipotle reverses course with ‘Cultivate the Future of Farming’ campaign

Given Chipotle's past cozy relationship with organic food marketers, this seems more like a marketing stunt ...
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Podcast: Why some of the most iconic images and stories depicting evolution are wrong

Kat Arney tackles the myths and misconceptions around two of the most iconic images in evolutionary biology: the 'March of ...
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Teaching evolution to college students with creationist views requires innovative approaches

University instructors employ a variety of methods when teaching evolution in classes in which large numbers of students reject the ...
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Do GMO foods or glyphosate cause gluten allergies?

Anti-GMO campaigners continue to link GMOs and the herbicide glyphosate to gluten allergies--even though there is no commercialized genetically engineered ...
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Viewpoint: At least 200,000 people die every year GMO Golden Rice is kept off the market

This is not a story of incompetence and ignorance, but of an antediluvian hostility to science and technology ...
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Will 2020 see the debut of promising gene therapy for hemophilia A? It’s up to the FDA.

Hemophilia A gene therapy has been twenty years in the making ...
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Fighting climate change by reprogramming yeast, bacteria to feast on carbon dioxide

An organism easily adapted to different environments and ready to consume any compound would be a valuable tool ...
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GMOs, biosensors and biopreservation: Tools that can fight global hunger by reducing food spoilage

We're feeding an ever-increasing number of people. Getting the rest of the way by 2030 will require every innovation we ...
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Philippines is first! Long-delayed Vitamin A-enhanced Golden Rice greenlighted, bucking activist opposition

The fortified food addresses vitamin A deficiency, which kills an estimated 670,000 children each year ...
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Podcast: Vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit explains the ‘dos and dont’s’ of battling scientific misinformation

Paul Offit has forged a second career as an influential spokesman for scientific thinking ...
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What’s missing from claims that neonicotinoids are killing bees, birds and fish?

Criticism of pesticides is often undeserved -- and sometimes absolutely bizarre ...
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‘CRISPR this, CRISPR that’: Is our fascination with the popular gene-editing tool distracting us from the potential of gene-silencing RNAi technology?

I hope the public fascination with CRISPR can also embrace the other biotechnologies providing new therapeutic options ...
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‘No one wanted to touch it’: Why a Lyme disease vaccine has been so elusive

The first human Lyme vaccine was pulled off the market nearly twenty years ago. A new effort faces lingering suspicions ...
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Viewpoint: How the glyphosate-cancer controversy became a moral crusade—and a threat to scientific progress

Sometimes the clear weight of evidence coupled with a dose of common sense is enough to show what’s right ...
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Should parents be allowed to choose a child’s sexual orientation through gene editing?

Where do our sexual preferences come from? Most of us don’t stop to ponder, simply because there’s no need to ...
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Retinitis pigmentosa cure breakthrough? Next generation of artificial lenses being developed with flexible silicon-like chips to combat genetic blindness

Organic semiconductors can link up with brain cells to send and receive signals. They may find a use in sight-restoring ...
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Viewpoint: With Conservative sweep of the ‘Brexit election’, Boris Johnson poised to steer the UK out of ‘outdated’ EU GMO, CRISPR regulations

If the UK replaces the EU's overly cautious biotech rules with a pro-innovation scheme, it could become a true global ...
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‘Natural health’ and conspiracy sites exploit social media to fester opposition to GMO crops. Here’s a study about what can be done to stop it

The unsatisfactory answer to 'How do we control the spread of disinformation?" may be, "We don't know yet." ...