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Beepocalypse Myth Handbook: Assessing claims of pollinator collapse

Jon Entine | 
After a decade of debate, the causes of the mid-2000s spike in bee deaths is coming into focus. Culprits are ...
There is a lot of misinformation about COVID, the available vaccines and their effectiveness. These 7 insights will help clear that up.

There is a lot of misinformation about COVID, the available vaccines and their effectiveness. These 7 insights will help clear that up.

Henry Miller | 
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been many thousands of articles and commentaries published on almost every ...
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Podcast: GMOs = colonialism? CRISPR-edited eggs; sustainable shoes made from fungi

Cameron English, Kevin Folta | 
Distribution of genetically engineered crops to developing countries proves that "colonialism in science is still alive and well," alleges one ...
Viewpoint: Promoting CRISPR crops at the expense of GMOs to appease activists undermines both technologies

Viewpoint: Promoting CRISPR crops at the expense of GMOs to appease activists undermines both technologies

Luis Ventura | 
In the span of a few short years, gene editing has allowed scientists to begin rapidly and cheaply improving food ...
Can Biden's USDA bring America's animal gene-editing rules into the 21st century?

Can Biden’s USDA bring America’s animal gene-editing rules into the 21st century?

Alison Van Eenennaam | 
I am in perhaps a somewhat rare position regarding the contemplated USDA regulatory framework, as I actually have several animals ...
Viewpoint: COVID vaccine successes have made headway in rebutting facile arguments about the dangers of biotechnology

Viewpoint: COVID vaccine successes have made headway in rebutting facile arguments about the dangers of biotechnology

Alex Berezow | 
It turns out that, despite the destruction and heartbreak caused by the COVID pandemic, there is a silver lining: Scientists ...
'Back to the future': The case for returning to risk-based animal gene-editing regulations

‘Back to the future’: The case for returning to risk-based animal gene-editing regulations

Alison Van Eenennaam | 
So what is the USDA’s proposal for the regulation of genetically engineered animals? In a nutshell, it proposes moving regulation ...
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Viewpoint: Are GMOs a corporate ploy to colonize developing countries? Is vitamin-A enhanced Golden Rice a plot by ‘Western entities’ to control global agriculture? Here are the facts bungled in Slate commentary.

Cameron English | 
Western scientists who introduce biotech crops into developing nations are paternalistic colonizers. While they claim to be helping farmers in ...
Podcast: Unreliable COVID tests; Amazon's creepy Halo health band; Celebrate pesticides?

Podcast: Unreliable COVID tests; Amazon’s creepy Halo health band; Celebrate pesticides?

Cameron English, Kevin Folta | 
How do COVID-19 tests work, and are their results reliable? Recent media reports have raised some concerning questions. Amazon's Halo ...
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Regulation gone wrong: A critique of the FDA’s nonsensical animal gene-editing rules

Alison Van Eenennaam | 
The “Guidance for Industry #187” entitled “Regulation of Intentionally Altered Genomic DNA in Animals” was published in the Federal Register ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Regulatory creep’—How the FDA’s evolving rules hindered the introduction of gene-edited animals

Alison Van Eenennaam | 
Ever since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its plans to regulate genomic alterations in genome edited animals ...
GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase

GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase

Alison Van Eenennaam | 
They say good things come to those who wait. Well I have been waiting my entire career to eat milk, ...
How COVID deniers are taking pages out of the anti-vaccine movement's playbook

How COVID deniers are taking pages out of the anti-vaccine movement’s playbook

David Gorski | 
One of the most notable things about the COVID-19 pandemic has been how fast two science denialist movements made common cause ...
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Viewpoint: Impossible and Beyond Burgers are delicious, but are they good for you?

Chana Davis | 
The leading companies offering fake meat are mission-driven, with vegan roots. Any benefits to human health are icing on the ...
More or less deadly? Which way is SARS-CoV-2 evolving?

More or less deadly? Which way is SARS-CoV-2 evolving?

Wendy Orent | 
No lethal pandemic lasts forever. The 1918 flu, for example, crisscrossed the globe and claimed tens of millions of lives, ...
Viewpoint: Why organic farming won't help preserve the world's biodiversity

Viewpoint: Why organic farming won’t help preserve the world’s biodiversity

Hank Campbell | 
A recent paper finds that if just 15 percent of farmland reverted to nature, it would wipe out nearly a third ...
Where are GMO crops and animals approved and banned?

Where are GMO crops and animals approved and banned?

GMO FAQs | 
The most recent data from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) shows that more than 18 ...
PEW global survey: Caution about research on gene editing, but wide support for treating diseases in human embryos

PEW global survey: Caution about research on gene editing, but wide support for treating diseases in human embryos

Global publics take a cautious stance toward scientific research on gene editing, according to an international survey from Pew Research ...
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Why humanity will likely be around for a long time

Nick Longrich | 
Will our species go extinct? The short answer is yes. The fossil record shows everything goes extinct, eventually. Almost all ...
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Viewpoint: Depopulation conspiracy debunked. Western billionaires aren’t using GMOs to control Africa’s food supply

Uchechi Moses | 
The truth is that African farmers need biotech crops as climate change makes farming an increasingly difficult profession ...
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Viewpoint: Europe’s blanket opposition to gene editing, pesticides means higher food prices for world’s poorest people

Fred Roeder | 
By 2070 the world will be populated by approximately 10.5 billion people. This means that we will need to be ...
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Podcast: How do COVID vaccines work? CRISPR kills cancer; Danish study debunks mask mandates?

Cameron English, Kevin Folta | 
The leading COVID-19 vaccines are RNA-based immunizations and the first of their kind. How do they work, and are they ...
Viewpoint: COVID won't subside in the US until 70% of us are immune. That means: 'Get a vaccine'

Viewpoint: COVID won’t subside in the US until 70% of us are immune. That means: ‘Get a vaccine’

Henry Miller, John Cohrssen | 
The United States is one of the most seriously COVID-19-impacted countries, faring the worst among the ten most-affected countries worldwide, as ...
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Brain food or health fad: Can you really boost cognition with nootropics?

Hayley Philip | 
What if you could think better, faster, and have a stronger memory? Nootropics, found in foods and supplements, are believed ...
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As the CRISPR revolution advances, here’s how gene editing will actually help farmers and consumers

Luis Ventura | 
2020 has been an eventful year for gene editing. The recent Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier ...
Sordid ledger: Humans’ destructive history of wiping out other species

Sordid ledger: Humans’ destructive history of wiping out other species

Emma Bryce | 
Sometime in the late 1600s, in the lush forests of Mauritius, the very last dodo took its last breath. After ...
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Viewpoint: Glyphosate-cancer trials illustrate how tort lawyers undermine science in the courtroom

Richard Williams | 
Should we be fair to chemical manufacturers when they are sued? First of all, who are they? Since everything in ...
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How germs and ancient migrations help explain our world of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’

Patrick Whittle | 
The Gökhem graves provide hard evidence for the ancient community's demise: genetic traces of the plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis ...
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