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A behind the scenes look at pesticide use in organic orchards, vineyards and fresh produce

Marc Brazeau | 
This is part three of a four-part series attempting to separate fact from fiction regarding pesticide use on organic farms ...
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Debating the need for genetic engineering of humans—there’s ‘nothing special’ about our DNA

Carol Lynn Curchoe | 
One day in early spring, I received a unique email. Would I accept an invitation from Oxford University’s student debate ...
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Talking Biotech: What’s keeping disease-resistant GMO bananas from Ugandan farmers?

Ugandan researcher Nassib Mugwanya: GMO bananas are the best tool we have to save bananas from bacterial wilt, but Uganda's ...
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New forensic tool: Using DNA to predict hair, eye and skin color

Ricki Lewis | 
On May 14, a man walking along the shore on Gabriola Island in British Columbia came upon a washed-up human ...
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4 things that led to the myth that organic farmers use more pesticides than conventional farmers

Marc Brazeau | 
This is part two of a four-part series attempting to separate fact from fiction regarding pesticide use on organic farms ...
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Do organic farmers really use more pesticides than conventional farmers? Not even close.

Marc Brazeau | 
This is part one of a four-part series attempting to separate fact from fiction regarding pesticide use on organic farms ...
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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome may be linked to genetic mutations

Kristen Hovet | 
It’s been called a parent’s worst nightmare, and one that very few of us have ever needed words to describe ...
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‘The Farm Project’: Actress Zooey Deschanel’s advice on organic food, pesticides is short on science

Michael Schulson | 
The actress Zooey Deschanel cites pesticide use in advising Facebook users to avoid certain non-organic produce. Is that scientifically sound ...
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Sex in space? An awkward talk we will need to have

David Warmflash | 
As the prospect of Mars colonization grows on the public radar screen, sex talk is not as much taboo that ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s what’s wrong with study suggesting glyphosate damages our gut health

Marc Brazeau | 
Can glyphosate impact gut health? The Guardian reports on a team of scientists who claim to have demonstrated that it ...
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Making sense of crowdfunding for unapproved stem cell treatments

Ricki Lewis | 
When FDA approval for a technology or treatment lags behind demand, crowdfunding steps in. Desperate patients or their families launch ...
Viewpoint: How the Environmental Working Group and 'Big Organic' manipulate pesticide data to scare people

Viewpoint: How the Environmental Working Group and ‘Big Organic’ manipulate pesticide data to scare people

Steve Savage | 
Consumers have a legitimate desire for transparency when it comes to their food - particularly when it comes to the ...
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Does ‘brain stress’ play a key role in our obesity epidemic?

Laurel Mellin | 
Keeping off weight is harder than it seems, but it could be due to how our brains are wired ...
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Talking Biotech: Roundup Ready GMO crops made weed management ‘easy’—an agronomist’s view

Kevin Folta, Chad Lee | 
Kentucky agronomist Chad Lee: Farmers choose herbicide-tolerant GMO crops because they simplify effective weed management and enable no-till farming ...
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USDA’s hands-off approach to gene-edited crops could revolutionize research and development

Steven Cerier | 
The US Department of Agriculture’s recent decision to stay out of the business of regulating gene-edited crops could be a ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s why Eric Lander’s praise for James Watson struck a nerve

Ricki Lewis | 
"As Twitter explodes, Eric Lander apologizes for toasting James Watson,” raged the headline from STAT on Monday, May 14 as the ...
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Gene Drive Files ‘cabal’—and biotech rejectionist efforts to derail research on technology with potential to fight crop pests

Andrew Porterfield | 
The email came from Roylan Saah, coordinator of Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Rodents at Island Conservation, a non-profit dedicated to ...
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Delving into our dreams—and why they evolve as we age

Patrick McNamara | 
Although radically different in terms of their content and feel, the range of dream states are just as complex as ...
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The ‘Big O’: How and why evolution brought us the female orgasm

Meredith Knight | 
Female orgasms aren’t necessary for reproduction. A comparative evolution study suggests they once might have been ...
'Substantial equivalence': Are GMOs as safe as other conventional and organic foods?

‘Substantial equivalence’: Are GMOs as safe as other conventional and organic foods?

Jon Entine, Andrew Porterfield | 
GMO critics claim that US regulations rely too much on the concept of “substantial equivalence” when evaluating if food is ...
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Are you responsible for bad behavior caused by a brain implant?

Mr. B loves Johnny Cash, except when he doesn’t. Mr. X has watched his doctors morph into Italian chefs right ...
Viewpoint: European organic industry's obsession with 'natural' threatens CRISPR innovations and hurts the environment

Viewpoint: European organic industry’s obsession with ‘natural’ threatens CRISPR innovations and hurts the environment

Ludger Wess | 
What is nature? What is natural? Philosophers have been arguing about this since antiquity. Supporters of organic farming seem to ...
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Are we in danger of losing blue-eyed redheads? Not likely

Nerissa Hannink | 
For every 100 people in the world, only one or two will have red hair. And when you meet a ...
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Ugandan farmers struggling with cassava viruses await GMO solution

Lominda Afedraru | 
Cassava is a major staple food for millions of people in the tropical regions of the world. In Uganda it ...
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Talking Biotech: Non-agricultural debt—not GMOs—to blame for Indian farmer suicides

Environmental scientist Vaishnavi Tripuraneni: Marriage loans and health care—not seed costs—are the main drivers of debt for smallholder farmers in ...
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Viewpoint: North American scientists, IARC officials conspired to misrepresent glyphosate health risks

André Heitz | 
On March 20, 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that it had classified glyphosate, the active substance ...
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Synthetic biology’s ‘promise and potential’ capture investor attention

Steven Cerier | 
Synthetic biology has become the new frontier of genetic engineering, promising to radically change the way we make clothes, fragrances, ...
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Mapping everything we know about Parkinson’s

Venkat Srinivasan | 
The possible causes of Parkinson's disease are incredibly varied. A new team of researchers is building a Parkinson's disease map ...