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What's the difference between dementia, Alzheimer’s, and age-related memory loss?

What’s the difference between dementia, Alzheimer’s, and age-related memory loss?

Nicole Gregory | 
Alzheimer’s and dementia are diseases of the brain that are very different from memory problems of normal aging. They are ...
How effective are each of the COVID vaccines against the Delta variant?

How effective are each of the COVID vaccines against the Delta variant?

Robert Hart | 
A full course of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 64% effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 [from the Delta variant], according to ...
Cow-free milk? Chicken-free eggs? Inside the quest to create real animal proteins with fermentation

Cow-free milk? Chicken-free eggs? Inside the quest to create real animal proteins with fermentation

Brian Kateman | 
[S]cientists are figuring out how to make animal protein without using any animal cells at all – by using fermentation ...
Ditching disposable: How a circular food system — where waste becomes new products — could boost food security and the economy

Ditching disposable: How a circular food system — where waste becomes new products — could boost food security and the economy

Walter Schindler | 
Linear economies follow a “take-make-dispose” plan in which raw materials are collected, transformed into a product and used until discarded ...
Cultured meat is key to a sustainable farming future, but its success depends on a key, yet-missing ingredient: Fat

Cultured meat is key to a sustainable farming future, but its success depends on a key, yet-missing ingredient: Fat

Daniela De Lorenzo | 
“When it comes to tasty and realistic meat alternatives, what you need is texture, cooking performance, and taste. Plant-based companies ...
‘Less water, fertilizer, pesticides and land’? How next-generation soy and corn seeds optimized with CRISPR and AI can increase crop yields while lowering our carbon footprint

‘Less water, fertilizer, pesticides and land’? How next-generation soy and corn seeds optimized with CRISPR and AI can increase crop yields while lowering our carbon footprint

Lana Bandoim | 
Inari wants to engineer crops that require less water, fertilizer, pesticides and land. The company is focusing on soybeans and ...
Viewpoint: ‘Crops were in the fields, but folks were going hungry’: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) can optimize how produce gets from the farm to your plate

Viewpoint: ‘Crops were in the fields, but folks were going hungry’: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) can optimize how produce gets from the farm to your plate

Natalie Burg | 
"I can't think of a better or more noble application of artificial intelligence than into the food supply chain," says ...
Cattle industry sees real competition in growing alternative meat industry

Cattle industry sees real competition in growing alternative meat industry

Jordan Strickler | 
The trend of moving away from the traditional burger intensified [recently], when it was announced that McDonalds and Yum! Brands ...
How this tiny lemur offers unique insight into the evolution of human vision

How this tiny lemur offers unique insight into the evolution of human vision

Rebecca Coffey | 
Recent research comparing the visual processing system of the gray mouse lemur with that of much larger and more recently ...
AI is reengineering what it means to be ‘human’

AI is reengineering what it means to be ‘human’

Cindy Gordon | 
We have come together to fight Covid-19 and AI was a key enabler to bring to market vaccines, in unprecedented ...
Mosquitoes are one of humanity’s most dangerous enemies. Here’s how synthetic biology might lead to a long-lasting repellant

Mosquitoes are one of humanity’s most dangerous enemies. Here’s how synthetic biology might lead to a long-lasting repellant

John Cumbers | 
Vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, and Zika, are pathogens that can be transmitted through the bite of an insect ...
How RNA-based vaccines will revolutionize medicine and disease treatments

How RNA-based vaccines will revolutionize medicine and disease treatments

Caroline Seydel | 
The two vaccine candidates produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are unlike any other vaccine that’s come before. Should they achieve ...
37%-to-60% of Americans say they are not sure they will get a vaccine. If that resistance holds, we won’t reach ‘herd immunity’ and COVID will not go away

37%-to-60% of Americans say they are not sure they will get a vaccine. If that resistance holds, we won’t reach ‘herd immunity’ and COVID will not go away

William Haseltine | 
The World Health Organization estimates that 65 to 70 percent of a given population must be vaccinated to halt the spread of ...
Viewpoint: ‘Organic crops are healthier than GMOs,’ and 6 other anti-science myths we should forget

Viewpoint: ‘Organic crops are healthier than GMOs,’ and 6 other anti-science myths we should forget

Ethan Siegel | 
As much as we hate to acknowledge it, many of the once-viable ideas that are swimming around in the memory ...
No country has yet approved human embryo gene editing

No country has yet approved human embryo gene editing

Farah Qaiser | 
[F]our researchers reviewed policy documents from 106 countries to map out the policy landscape regarding human germline and heritable genome ...
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How synthetic biology can eliminate pollutants in wastewater and soil

John Cumbers | 
Allonnia launched with $40 million in funding to engineer and commercialize microbes to eliminate pollutants in wastewater and soil. "The waste ...
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Viewpoint: Farming one of the ‘most inefficient industries.’ The CRISPR revolution could change that

John Cumbers | 
Agriculture is one of the most inefficient industries on the planet. Current industrial farming methods demand unsustainable amounts of water, ...
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Beyond Meat announces 2021 launch of leaner plant-based burgers to satisfy ‘health-conscious consumers’

Chloe Sorvino | 
As demand for plant-based products surge, Beyond Meat is making sure it keeps its health-conscious consumers coming back. The company ...
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The woman who challenged 19th century conventional wisdom: Are females ‘biologically barred from success’?

Katie Jennings | 
One of the first women to scientifically debunk men's alleged superiority, [trailblazing psychologist Leta Stetter] Hollingworth’s research lent credibility to ...
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DNA testing in the workplace

Tom Spiggle | 
To help prevent genetic discrimination, Congress passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Let’s take a look at this law ...
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Next Green Revolution: Gene-silencing technology opens door to safer pesticides, more GMO crops

Michael Helmstetter | 
In the 1940s, modern chemistry delivered new classes of man-made chemical pesticides that still are widely used today. These synthetic ...
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‘I was wrong’: Why we shouldn’t start giving COVID-19 vaccinations now

Steven Salzberg | 
I wrote a blog post [on August 2] that has generated tremendous pushback, including an op-ed in the New York Times as well as ...
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Growing fish in space: Lab-grown tuna could feed astronauts of the future

John Cumbers | 
.... [S]ending items into space is extremely expensive—about $10,000 a pound. Space dwellers will need to find a way to ...
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Opening the floodgates to synthetic biology innovations in drugs, textiles, agricultural products and advanced materials

John Cumbers | 
Today’s DNA makers still create their products using chemistry. To form a new double helix, the individual letters of DNA ...
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Injecting live bacteria into tumors? Synthetic biology revives a controversial century old cancer cure

John Cumbers | 
Could the body, in fighting against a pathogen, also be battling a tumor? After injecting bacteria into a patient who ...
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Impossible Foods says plant-based meat can ‘disrupt’ animal agriculture without displacing farmers

Jeff McMahon | 
The plant-based meat industry will need the millions of workers now employed in animal agriculture, the founder of Impossible Foods ...
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Can we prevent another pandemic with lab-grown, plant-based meat?

John Cumbers | 
In September 2019—two months before the first reported case of the coronavirus—the World Health Organization published a report that said, ...
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‘A lot of secrets’ in coronavirus genomes: Why are some strains so deadly, while others remain more mild?

Alex Knapp | 
[In 1965, a] group of researchers in England, led by Dr. David Tyrrell, was learning more about the common cold ...
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