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Banning glyphosate: France may replace well-tested herbicide with pelargonic and other more toxic ‘natural’ chemicals

Activists say glyphosate can be replaced with natural herbicides—but "natural" doesn't necessarily mean that they're safer or better for the ...
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Even if you don’t believe in God, religion may shape your subconscious thinking

Although non-believers reject religion, Christian beliefs still shape much of Western thought. Both believers and non-believers have similar subconscious attitudes ...
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Should it matter if the public is wary of gene editing and human enhancement?

A survey of people in the US and 10 European nations found opposition to some forms of gene editing for ...
Global glyphosate herbicide ban would cause substantial damage to economy and environment, study shows

Global glyphosate herbicide ban would cause substantial damage to economy and environment, study shows

A new study finds that a ban on glyphosate would cause billions of dollars in economic losses and increase the ...
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TRAPPIST-1 mini-planetary system and what it means for the spread of life between worlds

Only a few dozen known worlds as small as the rocky worlds of our inner Solar System and orbiting within ...
Science communication 101: Being strategic isn’t unethical

Science communication 101: Being strategic isn’t unethical

Scientists interested in educating the public about controversial issues—such as GMOs—should focus on communication goals and strategies backed by social ...
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US funding for cancer agency threatened over handling of controversial glyphosate report

US congressional committee members want to hear testimony from representatives of the International Agency for Research on Cancer regarding its ...
Italian family's inability to feel pain spurs research on relief for chronic sufferers

Italian family’s inability to feel pain spurs research on relief for chronic sufferers

The six members of the family barely notice broken bones or severe burns. Researchers have identified the mutation behind their ...
Obesity epidemic: Could gene therapy be an answer?

Obesity epidemic: Could gene therapy be an answer?

Scientists are working with treatments that have shown success in amping up the metabolism of mice, helping them lose weight ...
Talking Biotech: Science Moms documentary explores how parents can navigate GMO and food disinformation on the web

Talking Biotech: Science Moms documentary explores how parents can navigate GMO and food disinformation on the web

Filmmaker Natalie Newell: Despite the film being funded entirely by an online crowdfunding campaign, the Science Moms have been attacked ...
Calestous Juma: Africa needs its own Green Revolution based on science and technology

Calestous Juma: Africa needs its own Green Revolution based on science and technology

Africa can learn from the Green Revolution model—which saved up to one billion people from starvation—by bringing together government, academia, ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Dec. 18, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Dec. 18, 2017

Canola oil causes Alzheimer’s? How the media mis-covers science, feeds NGO misinformation and scares the public | Kevin Folta Viewpoint: Why ...
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What differentiates humans from chimps: Differing DNA or different expression of similar genes

Scientists have found genetic changes that make brains bigger and may help explain why we are so different from chimpanzees ...
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To protect vineyards from pests and reduce pesticide use, CRISPR could be the answer

The powdery mildew fungus decimates vineyards around the globe. As pesticides become less effective, some scientists are turning to gene ...
Canola oil causes Alzheimer's? How the media mis-covers science, feeds NGO misinformation and scares the public

Canola oil causes Alzheimer’s? How the media mis-covers science, feeds NGO misinformation and scares the public

Sensationalist press coverage fueled by a poorly written university press release misled the public about a recent study on mice—a ...
Molecular clocks rewriting the story of human evolution

Molecular clocks rewriting the story of human evolution

Analyzing DNA from present-day and ancient genomes provides a complementary approach for dating evolutionary events. By comparing DNA sequences, geneticists ...
Viewpoint: Why so many scientific studies are flawed and poorly understood

Viewpoint: Why so many scientific studies are flawed and poorly understood

With misleading conclusions often reported from scientific research, it's important to be able to discern between legitimate studies and dubious ...
Viewpoint: If your interest is sustainability, organic and GMO labels won't inform you

Viewpoint: If your interest is sustainability, organic and GMO labels won’t inform you

Focusing on tools and technologies—such as genetic engineering—can reduce agriculture's environmental footprint and promote sustainability, writes geneticist Maria Trainer ...
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Gene therapy challenge: How much should it cost and how do we pay for it?

When evaluating the high prices of one-time gene therapy treatments, should we look to the costs of organ transplants when ...
Double standard? Facing FOIA demand, California sides with anti-chemical professor, blocking email release

Double standard? Facing FOIA demand, California sides with anti-chemical professor, blocking email release

Why did the University of California reject a Freedom of Information request for an "anti-chemical" professor's emails, while handing over ...
Talking Biotech: How will dicamba herbicide-resistant GMO crops fare after contamination fiasco?

Talking Biotech: How will dicamba herbicide-resistant GMO crops fare after contamination fiasco?

Agronomist Karen Corrigan: Companies, farmers, and weed scientists should focus more on solutions to dicamba drift issues and less on ...
Organic movement schism? Fight over hydroponics puts $50 billion industry in limbo

Organic movement schism? Fight over hydroponics puts $50 billion industry in limbo

The USDA's ruling that crops grown using hydroponics and aquaculture can be labeled organic set off a heated debate over ...
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Chasing a cure for narcolepsy—and why it should be a priority

For the first 20 years of his life, Henry Nicholls had a healthy relationship with sleep. Shortly after his 21st ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Dec. 11, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Dec. 11, 2017

Viewpoint: 12 ways organic activists mislead consumers | David Zaruk How anti-biotech environmental groups are trying to kill roll-out of AquaBounty’s sustainable ...
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Why all identical twins who are overweight are not identically obese

Identical twins have the same genomes, but they don't always look exactly the same, particularly in regards to weight. Science ...
'Big Ag' may resonate with activists, but what does it really mean?

‘Big Ag’ may resonate with activists, but what does it really mean?

For some, GMOs are synonymous with 'Big Ag'? For others, 'Big Ag' means something entirely different. Does 'Big Ag' even ...
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Viewpoint: Why using gene drives to eradicate pests might not be such a good idea

Using gene drives to eradicate pests has a potential downside—DNA is constantly changing. That means gene drives have the potential ...
Viewpoint: Anti-GMO scare tactics show need for scientific literacy

Viewpoint: Anti-GMO scare tactics show need for scientific literacy

Many of the arguments made by organic supporters and GMO critics aren't supported by science. That combination can have harmful ...