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Trump executive order streamlines biotech regulations. Here’s what that means for agriculture

Donald Marvin | 
[In June], President Trump signed an Executive Order to streamline the complex maze of rules and policies that regulate agricultural ...
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As technology ‘wipes out’ traditional work, biotech investment could revitalize rural America

John Cumbers | 
Cow-free burgers are now all the rage — after Beyond Meats’ recent IPO, shares rose 163% on the first day ...
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Book review: ‘The Lives of Bees’ offers 14 tips to help keep honeybees healthy and pollinating our crops

What were the lives of wild honey bees like before humans began intensively managing them and moving them all over ...
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Meet the new generation of young biotech entrepreneurs

Ellie Kincaid, Michela Tindera | 
Crispr had no obvious relevance to human health when it was first described in 1987, but [Jennifer] Doudna, who won ...
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Can biohacking transform our homes into ‘hospitals of the future’?

Francesco Corea | 
The need of having a higher quality of care and more control and transparency over individual healthcare are affecting the ...
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Virtual reality helps autistic children tackle phobias

Sol Rogers | 
One tool that is being embraced by therapists, counselors, teachers, parents and their children to help those with autism to better ...
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Viewpoint: DNA data ‘rat race’ bringing down costs of precision medicine but perils of security risks escalate

Jayshree Pandya | 
It is said that this is the best of times for direct to consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies, human disease ...
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‘Terrible science’: Archaeological geneticists blast study that used DNA to identify Jack the Ripper

Kristina Killgrove | 
News media was buzzing [March 18] with a claim that scientists had finally figured out the real identity of the ...
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Viewpoint: Call for moratorium on heritable gene editing reminds us of gene therapy’s troubled early days

Greg Licholai | 
A group of influential scientists have urged that clinical use of CRISPR be put on hold in the wake of ...
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Glyphosate meta-analysis appeared to raise legitimate concerns that Monsanto’s Roundup may cause cancer, then Genetic Literacy Project pointed out study’s fatal flaws

Steven Salzberg | 
In the new study, by a group of scientists from UC Berkeley, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the University of ...
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Defending 23andMe’s DNA health test: ‘You will learn something’ of value

Steven Salzberg | 
The New York Times decided to publish an editorial ... warning people to "be careful about 23andMe's Health Test." What are they ...
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Viewpoint: Green New Deal should invest in precision agriculture

Austin Frerick | 
When policymakers talk about “green jobs,” they tend to default to examples in solar power, wind and other sources of ...
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4 expanding technologies that could help boost crop yields and preserve the environment

Donald Marvin | 
The scope of [agricultural] advances during the past three years is nothing short of astonishing. Today’s growers now have at ...
Could blockchain-based product labels help build consumer trust in our food system?

Could blockchain-based product labels help build consumer trust in our food system?

Samantha Radocchia | 
The labeling of our food is a notoriously murky business. A healthy 82% of Americans say they’ve felt tricked by nutrition labels ...
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Bacon—made of mushrooms? New plant-based meat on the horizon

Amy Feldman | 
Eben Bayer, cofounder and CEO of Ecovative, built his company making things out of mycelium, the root structure of a mushroom. He's ...
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Here’s what DNA testing companies are doing with all that genetic data

Nicole Martin | 
In the past couple of years, genetic-testing companies like Ancestry and 23andMe have become popular for finding out family history ...
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How AI can make gene editing ‘more accurate, cheaper and easier’

Bernard Marr | 
One of the most exciting prospects about gene technology is the development of precision or personalized medicine. The field, which ...
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How The Non-GMO Project Is Adapting To A Gene-Edited World

Jenny Splitter | 
the Non-GMO Project is a non-profit and non-governmental certifying organization created by the owners of two natural foods grocery stores ...
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Viewpoint: Why a Thanksgiving dinner using GMO ingredients is safer and healthier than an organic meal

John Tamny | 
Thanksgiving is upon us, which means families across the U.S. will soon be enjoying the most mouth-watering of meals. This ...
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There are literally no more studies we can do to show glyphosate is safe, expert says

Geoffrey Kabat | 
Several days ago I wrote a column about the wrong-headed claim that glyphosate is a carcinogen and the huge number of tort ...
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As genetic engineering evolves, are non-GMO food labels meaningful?

Jenny Splitter | 
A group called the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has petitioned the [FDA] to prohibit use of the term “Non-GMO” on food .... [T]he ...
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Why people don’t trust artificial intelligence: It’s an ‘explainability’ problem

Jason Bloomberg | 
Despite its promise, the growing field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is experiencing a variety of growing pains. In addition to ...
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Using gene editing to improve animal welfare may calm public’s fear of biotech

Jenny Splitter | 
Since the first genetically modified tomato hit the U.S. market in 1994, consumers have been suspicious of scientific tinkering with ...
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Cannabis farming is fueling development of less toxic biopesticides for ‘mainstream’ agriculture

Janet Burns | 
As legal cannabis farms take the spotlight, safer methods of pest control are also taking root in more 'mainstream' agriculture. ... Regulators point out ...
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Viewpoint: IARC’s defenders ignore cancer agency’s flawed research, conflicts of interest

Geoffrey Kabat | 
I woke up .... to find an article by Neil Pearce, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, ...
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Nigerian biotech startup introduces produce coating to combat malnutrition in Africa

Gemma Milne | 
Nigerian biotech startup Coating+ ....  has created a transparent gelatinous coating that is sprayed onto fresh fruit and vegetables to prolong their shelf ...
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EU court ruling limiting gene editing ironically underscores safety of modified crops

Steven Salzberg | 
A European Union court [July 25th] issued a new decision about GMOs. Disappointingly, this decision is likely to further confuse rather than ...
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Muscular dystrophy targeted with promising gene therapy

Matthew Herper | 
An experimental gene therapy appeared to dramatically increase the production of a muscle-making protein in three young boys with Duchenne ...