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Can lab grown meat be considered vegan?

Can lab grown meat be considered vegan?

Brian Kateman | Fast Company | 
Language is fascinating and complicated. Just as terms like “plant-based” and “vegan” are becoming widespread, their definitions seem to be ...
Learning from the healthcare revolution: How CRISPR and other biotechnologies could help protect our food system from a future plant pandemic

Learning from the healthcare revolution: How CRISPR and other biotechnologies could help protect our food system from a future plant pandemic

Jaqueline Heard | Fast Company | 
Across farms worldwide, there are now warning signs of a pandemic in food crops. More than 600 pest species have ...
‘Why is the US so retrograde when it comes to biotech?' — 'Supertrees' engineered to capture more carbon stir anti-GMO backlash

‘Why is the US so retrograde when it comes to biotech?’ — ‘Supertrees’ engineered to capture more carbon stir anti-GMO backlash

Adele Peters | Fast Company | 
Capitalizing on trees’ ability to function as natural carbon capture machines, Reddit’s former CEO is now running a company that ...
Viewpoint: Herpes linked to COVID vaccine? Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post descends into conspiracy mongering

Viewpoint: Herpes linked to COVID vaccine? Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post descends into conspiracy mongering

Joe Berkowitz | Fast Company | 
Lately, the New York Post seems to be on a mission to scare as many people as possible out of ...
Tasty gluten-free bread and peanut allergy pills: How CRISPR is solving basic problems with our food system

Tasty gluten-free bread and peanut allergy pills: How CRISPR is solving basic problems with our food system

Ruth Reader | Fast Company | 
People will make do with gluten-free baked goods if they must, but the springiness of wheat is sorely absent. “It’s ...
Organic food, often linked with progressive politics, is also popular among white supremacists

Organic food, often linked with progressive politics, is also popular among white supremacists

Kristin Toussaint | Fast Company | 
While most people associate organic food and farmers markets with progressive politics and cosmopolitan values, they’re also a draw for ...
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Temper the celebration: 2-shot Pfizer COVID vaccine appears 90% effective but it’s not known for how long or its impact on severe cases

Michael Grothaus | Fast Company | 
Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine is reportedly successful in preventing 90% of infections according to early data from a Phase 3 ...
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Vaccination wars: In the fight against COVID-19, pro-vax movement emerges to battle vaccine denialism

Adele Peters | Fast Company | 
A new advocacy campaign is designed to mobilize the majority to speak out to help fight [vaccine] misinformation, at a ...
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Infographic: What CRISPR is curing in 2020

Adam Bluestein | Fast Company | 
CRISPR-Cas9 is a method for quickly and accurately editing the genome of virtually any living thing. Using custom-built guide RNA ...
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Plant-based meat industry start-up Daring targeting chicken-free ‘chicken’, the world’s favorite protein

Talib Visram | Fast Company | 
Daring is an imitation chicken, which replicates the taste and texture of the familiar fowl, and which is targeted specifically ...
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‘Post-organic produce’: Expanding indoor farming industry aims to make agriculture more sustainable

Adele Peters | Fast Company | 
If you live in the U.S., the last time you ate a salad, the lettuce inside it almost certainly came ...
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Pesticide-carrying bees help cut synthetic chemical use on farms

Ben Paynter | Fast Company | 
Bees are great at retrieving tiny cargo: their main job is to visit flowering plants in order to gather pollen ...
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Can CRISPR save the banana and revolutionize coffee? Tropic Biosciences believes so.

Adele Peters | Fast Company | 
In a lab at a U.K. research park, researchers from a startup called Tropic Biosciences are using CRISPR to create a better ...
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Naturally decaffeinated CRISPR coffee and disease-resistant bananas? Tropic Biosciences takes big step towards commercializing both

Adele Peters | Fast Company | 
In a lab at a U.K. research park, researchers from a startup called Tropic Biosciences are using CRISPR to create a better ...
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Safer silicon breast implants made with bioengineered silk coating

Ellie Anzilotti | Fast Company | 
Around 46% of women with silicone implants undergo re-operation within three years; 25% have their implants removed due to irritation, or the ...
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Video: World’s tiniest tape recorder made with CRISPR and built from microbes

Fast Company | 
[H]ere’s a use for the bacteria we bet you’ve never considered: Scientists at Columbia University Medical Center have created the world’s ...
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Biohacker: How to genetically modify yourself

Adele Peters | Fast Company | 
“What we’ve got here is some DNA, and this is a syringe,” Josiah Zayner tells a room full of synthetic ...

Canned tomato soup: How genetic ‘profiling’ makes it tastier, healthier and safer—at a bargain price

Joseph Byrum | Fast Company | 
Over the past several years, billions of dollars have been poured into the ongoing research and development effort to improve ...
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Tomorrow’s greenhouse: Artificial intelligence-controlled ‘food computers’ grow better-tasting crops

Adele Peters | Fast Company | 
Inside a shipping container-sized box at MIT Media Lab, crops of basil are growing in micro-climates designed by artificial intelligence ...
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I’ll do it tomorrow: Procrastination may have evolved as survival mechanism

Stephanie Vozza | Fast Company | 
If you like to put things off or surf the internet instead of getting work done, you might be able ...

Does genetics separate Olympians from everyone else?

Christina Farr | Fast Company | 
For decades, scientists have been studying the role of nature and nurture in producing Olympic athletes...What they've learned is that ...

FDA struggles to define what ‘natural,’ ‘healthy’ mean in food labeling

Neal Ungerleider | Fast Company | 
The FDA. . . is changing its definition of what "healthy" actually means—and are still trying to figure out a definition ...

Genetic tests turning out surprise fees for many patients

Christina Farr | Fast Company | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Leslie Parks was 34 ...

Biotech company promises affordable medical genetic tests

Christina Farr | Fast Company | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The cost of genetic ...

Many doctors reluctant to discuss genetic tests with patients

Christina Farr | Fast Company | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Pathway Genomics describes its ...
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Mark Bittman on labeling: It’s counterproductive for us to provide nutritional information

Mark Bittman | Fast Company | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. I have been developing, ...
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Do patients who donate genetic information to research deserve financial compensation?

Christina Farr | Fast Company | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Scientists today rely on ...
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Fighting malnutrition in Africa by sequencing genomes of traditional food plants

Rachel Ceranansky | Fast Company | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Across Africa, some of ...
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