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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Whole Foods embraces slow-growing chickens: Why that’s not so environmentally sustainable

Alison Van Eenennaam | 
There is a movement, pushed by Whole Foods, to go back to slower-growing chickens. This is problematic from a sustainability ...
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How tiny ‘organs-on-a-chip’ could transform medical research

Max Levy | 
Researchers have pioneered what may be the most accurate simulation of kidney function to-date ...

Onto the grill: But are consumers ready to embrace—and eat—lab-grown meat?

It’s been a busy summer for food-based biotech. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made headlines when it approved the ...
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Why did Tanzania just pull the plug on its GMO crop trials?

Marc Brazeau | 
When the Tanzanian government announced Friday [November 23] they were ending field trials of genetically engineered crops in the country ...

Hiding in plain sight: Exploring Parkinson’s link to the appendix

Ricki Lewis | 
Lurking in the layers of the human appendix lie deposits of alpha-synuclein, a protein prone to gumminess, like sticky rice ...

Viewpoint: Science denialism threatens the potential of gene-edited crops

Steven Cerier | 
The genetic revolution being ushered in by gene-editing promises to markedly improve our crops by making them resistant to drought, ...

Brave new world? Why the public might actually be ready for gene-edited babies

Kristen Hovet | 
Gene-editing tools like CRISPR/Cas9 are rapidly bringing the possibilities forward ...
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Why fears in Nigeria over the safety of GMO cotton are misplaced

Abraham Isah | 
Nigeria is moving forward with plans to boost its textile industry through the approval of its first GM crop, BT ...

‘Reprogramming’ skin cells to treat chronic wounds

Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte | 
By reprogramming wounded cells to a 'stem-cell-like' stage could help treat chronic sores ...
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Talking Biotech: As demand for food rises, the world needs more plant scientists

Kevin Folta, Patricio Muñoz, Marcio Resende | 
The world needs plant scientists. Two experts explain how you can join the field ...
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Has modern agriculture ‘tainted’ your Thanksgiving dinner?

Cameron English | 
The Environmental Working Group knows how to grab headlines with ominous claims about America's food supply. In April, the Washington, ...
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Genes and giraffes: What do those spots tell us?

Ricki Lewis | 
Giraffes' spotty exterior provides more than camouflage ...
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Viewpoint: UN should reject a proposed ban on gene drives

Ronald Bailey | 
A draft resolution would revise the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity to call on governments to "refrain from" releasing organisms containing engineered ...

Can genetic engineering deliver a natural microbial fertilizer for crops?

Andrew Porterfield | 
At the turn of the previous century, German scientists Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch got all the credit for finding ...

As arguments rage over the sources of transgender identity, science weighs in

Ross Pomeroy | 
Discussing gender dysphoria and brain differences in transgender populations ...
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Emotions and memory: How your genes impact the way you see and feel the world

Ben Locwin | 
How much of our emotion is conjured up by an experience seems to be partly related to our genes. Could it ...

Organic fungicide copper sulfate poses dangers to humans, animals, insects—how does it compare to conventional pesticides?

Andrew Porterfield | 
Organic farming is not chemical free. Copper sulfate is a popular one. How does it work and how does it ...

How scientists are using CRISPR to create non-GMO crops

Yi Li | 
To feed the burgeoning human population, it is vital that the world figures out ways to boost food production. Increasing ...

Let’s say we can force the mosquito into extinction — should we do it?

Andrew Porterfield | 
Not many people like mosquitoes. So why not eliminate them? Newer techniques like CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing may make this possible ...
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Edible cotton: How genetically modified cottonseed could revolutionize food and feed production

Marc Brazeau | 
Here’s a somewhat boring fact you might already know about cotton: It doesn't make a good food, for humans or ...

How Freddie Mercury got his voice: It wasn’t his teeth

Ricki Lewis | 
Shortly into the film Bohemian Rhapsody, Freddie Mercury attributes his magnificent voice to four extra incisors: “extra teeth equals extra ...
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Viewpoint: As global honeybee population increases, activists blame neonicotinoid pesticides for ‘bird-pocalypse’ that’s not happening

Jon Entine | 
Are we in the midst of another bout of unfounded environmentalist-fueled exaggerations—this time about birds becoming extinct because of pesticide ...

Should parents be allowed to use gene editing to determine the sexual orientation of their children?

Wael Taji | 
Where do our sexual preferences come from? Most of us don’t stop to ponder, simply because there’s no need to ...

Talking Biotech: Meet the liquor store owner boycotting Smirnoff’s ‘non-GMO’ vodka

Kevin Folta, Allison Nondorf | 
Meet Allison Nondorf, a farmer and co-owner of A&C Liquid Assets in Kansas. The liquor store refuses to sell Smirnoff's ...

FDA reaffirms much-criticized plan to regulate genetically engineered animals as if they were a drug

Henry Miller, John Cohrssen | 
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb has doubled down on his agency’s failed policy for regulating an entire sector of biotechnology — the ...

Why marijuana might not be such a great weapon to fight opioid addiction

Roger Chriss | 
The opioid crisis is an ongoing national tragedy. One commonly suggested response is cannabis. But emerging state and national statistics ...
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Why monocultures might be the most sustainable option when choosing cover crops

Andrew McGuire | 
It's long been believed, without much empirical evidence, that biodiversity in crop cover mixtures increases crop productivity, improves soil ecosystems ...