Pesticides and food: It’s not a black and white issue

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FIRST ARTICLE: Has pesticide use decreased over the last 40 years?

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US regulators grapple with oversight of New Breeding Techniques (NBTs)

Marc Brazeau | 
In the first installment of this series, we looked at the regulatory framework in the US for the products of ...
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Can consumer genetic tests actually make us healthier?

Kristen Hovet | 
“I believe genetic testing saved my life,” says Kim Horner, author of “Probably Someday Cancer." ...

CRISPR represents potential for huge change. But will the public trust it?

Anna Everette | 
The charged language around the recent gene-editing controversy is driving an inaccurate assessment of risks ...

New biotech crop-breeding technologies struggle for traction across much of Africa

Lominda Afedraru | 
"Multinational companies from the developed world don’t want any scientific progress going on in Africa," says Ugandan researcher ...
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Talking Biotech: Environmentalist Erin Brockovich is wrong about Monsanto, glyphosate and cancer

Kevin Folta, Robert Saik | 
Famous environmental advocate Erin Brockovich says glyphosate causes cancer. Here's why she's wrong ...
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Can we control our dreams through gene therapy?

David Warmflash | 
What drives our dreams? For most of human history, people thought dreams were supernatural--messages from the gods or visions of ...

Evaluating claims GMOs and modern agriculture have led to a 75% drop in crop diversity

Colin Khoury | 
The conventional wisdom is wrong: crop diversity is not collapsing. Our changing diets indicate there are reasons for both concern ...

We’ve long neglected the human virome—now we need to figure out what all those viruses do

David Pride, Chandrabali Ghose | 
A continuous war is fought on our body surfaces, and we haven’t a clue who’s winning ...

Viewpoint: Scientific ignorance fuels skepticism of crop biotechnology

Alex Berezow | 
This one question is an effective test of scientific ignorance ...

This gene gets blamed for migraines and a litany of other health issues. Reality is more complex

Roger Chriss | 
The story of the MTHFR gene shows that genetics is a probabilistic science ...

Fighting weeds: Can we reduce, or even eliminate, herbicides by utilizing robotics and AI?

Marc Brazeau | 
A quick look at some of the technical strategies being pursued in farming robotics and AI ...
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Podcast: Jon Entine, Kevin Folta, Perry Hackett on how gene editing could dampen the partisan GMO divide

Jon Entine, Kevin Folta, Perry Hackett, Toby Webb | 
How do you win over people who view crop biotechnology and corporate influence as threats? One answer may be gene ...

What martyred Thomas Becket and his holy lice can teach us about evolution

Patrick Whittle | 
It’s a tale of murder, sex, and vermin. And gorillas. Reader discretion advised ...

Talking Biotech: How do we get consumers to think like scientists?

Kevin Folta, Thomas Zinnen | 
Thomas Zinnen and Kevin Folta tackle a perennial question: How do you communicate science to a hostile audience? ...

Exploring Prophet Muhammad’s Hebraic descent

Ibrahim Omer | 
In the West, the discussion on the origins of Prophet Muhammad has been the subject of limited studies.Traditional and contemporary ...

Viewpoint: With reasonable regulation, we can turn wild plants into food with gene editing

Caitlin Curtis, James Hereward | 
The crops we rely on today have been bred over thousands of years to enhance certain characteristics. For example, sweetcorn ...

Why you could be genetically programmed to respond to placebos

Meredith Knight | 
Confounding drug research, some people appear genetically programmed to believe the placebo they take during drug trials actually works ...
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Viewpoint: Parents’ anti-GMO fervor just might contribute to children’s allergies

David Warmflash | 
Eating organic and avoiding GMOs has no effect on food allergies. But the mentality underlying GMO avoidance and overly-protective parenting ...

What the CRISPR babies can teach us about the failings of ethical oversight

Benjamin Hurlbut, Jason Scott Robert | 
This isn't just about process, about ethical boxes left unchecked ...
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Podcast with Dr. Paul Offit: Striking similarities between anti-biotech and anti-vaccine activism

Cameron English | 
The anti-vaccine and anti-GMO movements are increasingly overlapping in methods and outlook ...

Some animal species never get cancer. What can we learn from them?

Alyssa Shepard | 
The search for clues has led researchers to study animals who don’t develop cancer at all ...
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Viewpoint: The public loses when a ‘prestigious’ journal such as Nature indulges in political activism

André Heitz | 
Is this really about science, or is something else going on here? ...

Viewpoint: Putting CRISPR babies in context—learning from the past instead of panicking in the present

Ricki Lewis | 
The brouhaha against the gene-edited twins echoes recent history of alternative reproductive technologies ...
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Magic and morality: Why some consumers are afraid of GMOs

Kristen Hovet | 
In the eyes of Susan Schenck, GMOs are pretty much the worst thing going in food. As the author of ...

Why some types of obesity are worse than others

Amalio Telenti | 
Where you put on weight is as important as how much you put on ...

Talking Biotech: Tough questions about genetic engineering—a listener interviews Dr. Kevin Folta

Kevin Folta, Gary Nolan | 
Roles are reversed on this week's podcast. Science enthusiast and blogger Gary Nolan interviews Dr. Folta ...
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Ugandan researchers look to biotechnology to bolster food production in the face of climate change

Lominda Afedraru | 
As the impact of climate change continues to grow worldwide, farmers are likely to face new challenges in the form ...

Viewpoint: Let’s hope the Chinese gene editing fiasco doesn’t lead to a cruel and unnecessary ban on germline gene therapy

Henry Miller | 
A backlash could be hugely counterproductive. So let's start with the facts ...