We know the placebo effect is biological. Is it also genetic?

We know the placebo effect is biological. Is it also genetic?

Ben Locwin | 
We know that the placebo effect is in part biological: expectations of receiving a palliative leads to brain changes. Are ...
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Viewpoint: Why the USDA decided not to over-regulate CRISPR crops—and what it means for agriculture’s future

Val Giddings | 
On 28 March, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that “USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could ...
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Where do we come from? Question grows ever more complicated

Bernard Wood, Michael Westaway | 
It was recently discovered that modern humans are part of the African great apes family, but how did this classification ...
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Mood disorders more common in children of first-cousin parents, study finds

Ricki Lewis | 
Having parents who are first cousins doubles the risk of inheriting a single-gene condition, from 2.5 percent to about 5 ...
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‘Natural’ label lawsuits: What you need to know

Drew Kershen | 
In the United States, when a food label uses the word “natural,” food companies are frequently the target in litigation ...
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Scientists challenge Center for Biological Diversity report claiming monarch butterflies threatened by dicamba herbicide

Andrew Porterfield | 
Dicamba drifts. Apparently, more than expected by a lot of farmers, agriculture officials and manufacturers. But does that mean, as ...
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Examining the curious genes behind ‘magic mushrooms’

Ricki Lewis | 
"One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small,” sang Grace Slick in Jefferson Airplane’s classic White Rabbit, conjuring ...
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Talking Biotech: The powerful potential—and risks—of CRISPR engineered ‘gene drives’

Paul Vincelli, Fred Gould | 
Evolutionary biologist Fred Gould: 'Gene drives' can be found in nature. Now, scientists want to engineer them to decrease populations ...
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GMO maize could halt devastating fall army worm invasion in Uganda—if it gets approved

Lominda Afedraru | 
Mary Yangi trekked a long journey from South Sudan to Uganda’s West Nile region to settle as a refugee and, ...
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What’s stopping us from using CRISPR to gene edit humans to fight disease?

David Warmflash | 
Emerging clinical applications of CRISPR editing include delivery of CRISPR systems into the body to repair genetic sequences. This is ...
Viewpoint: How politics pollutes the FDA's genetically modified animal regulations and stifles innovation

Viewpoint: How politics pollutes the FDA’s genetically modified animal regulations and stifles innovation

Henry Miller, John Cohrssen | 
AquaBounty's fast-growing salmon and Oxitec's disease-fighting mosquitos are two examples of why genetically modified animals should be regulated by the ...
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Talking Biotech: The genetic factors that makes sweet corn sweet

Kevin Folta, Curt Hannah | 
Geneticist Curt Hannah: Sweet corn was specifically discovered and selected because of its sweetness. But how does a kernel of ...
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Why humans started eating meat—and is it critical for our diet?

Meredith Knight | 
Evidence suggests our hominin ancestors turned to meat when climate change reduced resource-rich vegetation. The signatures of these changes may ...
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Here’s what we really know about transgender genetics—so far

Ricki Lewis | 
The week started strangely. On [March 19], the author of a new book on transgender identity emailed me, asking about ...
The human cost of the anti-GMO movement: Why one scientist is quitting GE crop research

The human cost of the anti-GMO movement: Why one scientist is quitting GE crop research

Devang Mehta | 
Constantly confronting people who think my research will harm them is profoundly distressing ...
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GMOs are ‘substantially equivalent’ to conventional foods. So should they face reduced regulations?

Marc Brazeau | 
If there is a single concept that drives much of the divide in the GMO debate, it's substantial equivalence. Having ...
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Viewpoint: We have much to gain from questioning the theory that humans evolved in Africa

Julien Benoit | 
The African origin theory reigns supreme. Every attempt to disprove the theory offers a chance to consider the evidence all ...
'Boneless watermelons'? What this new 'hot fruit' can teach us about non-GMO labels and fear-based marketing

‘Boneless watermelons’? What this new ‘hot fruit’ can teach us about non-GMO labels and fear-based marketing

Kevin Folta | 
Nowadays labels extol the absence of something that never was there in the first place. Such marketing schemes manipulate the ...
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Talking Biotech: How USAID uses GMO crops to improve food security around the world

Chris Barbey, Angela Records | 
USAID science advisor Angela Records: Disease-resistant GMO cassava, bananas show promise in improving food security in developing countries ...
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Fertility clinic meltdown: What happens when slumbering eggs are awakened early

Ricki Lewis | 
Fragile spindle apparatuses are an integral part to embryonic growth. What happened to embryo structures when they were thawed and ...
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Viewpoint: Will the crop biotechnology revolution pass Nigeria by?

Abdulrazak Ibrahim | 
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is creating a new era, fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds. Breakthroughs in different fields ...
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Viewpoint: How Germany’s anti-GMO, pro-organic politics benefit US ag companies

Reinhard Szibor | 
Editor's note: The following is a satirical letter written by Reinhard Szibor, professor emeritus of human genetics and forensic medicine at the ...
Facing extreme danger, are you 'wired' to fight or take flight?

Facing extreme danger, are you ‘wired’ to fight or take flight?

Andrew Porterfield | 
"Fight or flight" reactions are much more complicated than we were taught in school. That fact has implications for reacting ...
Modern Victor Frankenstein? What synthetic biologists can learn from the classic cautionary tale

Modern Victor Frankenstein? What synthetic biologists can learn from the classic cautionary tale

Ian Haydon | 
Mary Shelley was 20 when she published “Frankenstein” in 1818. Two hundred years on, the book remains thrilling, challenging and ...
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How ‘open source’ seed producers from the US to India are changing global food production

Rachel Cernansky | 
Around the world, plant breeders are resisting what they see as corporate control of the food supply by making seeds ...
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Did the EPA and Monsanto conspire to hide glyphosate’s health risks?

Cameron English | 
A recent op-ed in the Sacramento Bee repeated the debunked conspiracy theory that Monsanto manipulated the EPA to hide evidence ...
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Why the body’s response to pregnancy may help us better understand cancer

Olivia Campbell | 
Cancer cells and placental cells regulate the immune system in remarkably similar ways. We can learn a great deal by ...
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Space astronaut twin’s DNA ‘changed’? How some reports botched the story, and what we really know

Ricki Lewis | 
When the Today Show reported on March 15 that the DNA of Scott Kelly, who spent a year on the ...