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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Peach-flavored strawberries, disease-resistant bananas? How genetic engineering is shaking up our fruit supply

Bertille Duthoit | 
New [fruit] varieties created through genetic editing and engineering promise to beat disease, and offer enticing new flavors. ... Genetically ...

‘Cheap and simple’ 10-minute blood test can detect traces of cancer

Ian Sample | 
Scientists have developed a universal cancer test that can detect traces of the disease in a patient’s bloodstream. The cheap ...

Startling discovery: Ancient mixed-race girl had Neanderthal and Denisovan parents

Robin McKie | 
[T]ens of thousands of years ago, modern humans encountered Denisovans – and had sex with them. It is a startling ...

Artificial placentas could transform research into miscarriages, still births and other pregnancy disorders

Ian Sample | 
Scientists have grown “mini placentas” in a breakthrough that could transform research into the underlying causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and ...
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‘Overblown’ fear of biotech crops hinders scientific progress, Nobel laureates warn

Hannah Devlin | 
Winners of this year’s Nobel prize for chemistry say overblown fears about genetically modified foods risk preventing society benefiting from ...

Rethinking confidentiality: Does a child have the right to know if a parent has the Huntington’s disease gene?

Robin McKie | 
Lawyers are bringing a case against a London hospital trust that could trigger major changes to the rules governing patient ...
How immunotherapy uses our immune system to attack cancer

How immunotherapy uses our immune system to attack cancer

Charles Graeber | 
Our usual defence against disease is our immune system. It does an excellent job of sorting out what doesn’t belong ...

Was life on Earth ‘just a lucky accident’? Next Mars mission will drill for answers

Robin McKie | 
American rocket engineers are being urged to push their next Mars mission to the limits of technological performance. Space scientists have ...
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Why being tall may increase your cancer risk

Nicola Davis | 
Taller people have a greater risk of cancer because they are bigger and so have more cells in their bodies ...

Robot farmers: ‘This is the revolution’

John Harris | 
In a quiet corner of rural Hampshire, a robot called Rachel is pootling around an overgrown field. With bright orange ...
Monsanto in Another Huge Lawsuit for Lying About Roundup Cancer Link

Judge upholds landmark glyphosate-cancer verdict, cuts punitive damages 84% to $39 million

Sam Levin | 
A California judge has rejected Monsanto’s appeal to overturn a landmark jury verdict which found that its popular herbicide causes cancer. The ...

Stephen Hawking’s warning: Gene-edited ‘superhumans’ threaten the rest of humanity

Sarah Marsh | 
The late physicist and author Prof Stephen Hawking has caused controversy by suggesting a new race of superhumans could develop from wealthy ...

‘Low-emission’ cows that produce less methane gas take center stage amid growing climate change fears

Jonathan Watts | 
From low-emission cows to robotic soil management, the farming industry will have to explore new approaches in the wake of ...
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Teaching of evolution under siege in Turkey, Israel and India

Michael Dixon | 
In recent weeks there have been alarming reports from both Israel and Turkey of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution being erased from school curriculums ...

Viewpoint: Why it’s too soon to predict the arrival date for an Alzheimer’s cure

Dean Burnett | 
A new study has inspired headlines claiming a cure for Alzheimer’s disease could be available within six years – but ...
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25 Genomes Project: Conserving British wildlife through genome sequencing

Robin McKie | 
Crucially, every single [Carrington’s featherwort] plant found in this secluded Caledonian enclave is male. … But hope is at hand ...
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Gender bias: Are we overlooking autism in women and girls?

Hannah Devlin | 
Hundreds of thousands of girls and women with autism are going undiagnosed due to it being viewed as a “male ...
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3 reasons Mars colonization might be a bad idea

Zahaan Bharmal | 
I wanted to look at the case against Mars; three reasons humans should leave the red planet alone. … [T]he first argument ...
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Viewpoint: Neurodiversity and why we can’t let fear of autism discourage vaccinations

Karl Knights | 
Measles cases are surging across Europe, as vaccination rates have dropped. It’s a problem that medical authorities believe is, in part, ...
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Modern cancer myths and the science behind them

Naomi Elster | 
Here are some modern myths about cancer. There have been worries about mobile phones causing cancer since the days of ...
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Matching the experts: New AI system proves adept at diagnosing eye problems

Samuel Gibbs | 
A new machine-learning system is as good as the best human experts at detecting eye problems and referring patients for ...

‘Geoengineering’ the atmosphere to slow climate change would threaten agricultural production

Fiona Harvey | 
Proposals to combat climate change by reflecting the sun’s rays back into space would cause widespread crop failure, cancelling out ...

Alien signal or damp squib? Rio 2.0 scale promises to help judge

Layal Liverpool | 
When a team of Russian astronomers reported in 2015 that a telescope in the Caucasus region had intercepted a mysterious ...

Viewpoint: Media’s misrepresentation of artificial intelligence could derail promising technology

Oscar Schwartz | 
In June of [2017], five researchers at Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research unit published an article showing how bots can simulate ...
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Viewpoint: Despite what you might hear, there’s still no evidence linking cell phones to cancer

David Grimes | 
[Recently] the Observer published an article by Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie on a disturbing topic – the idea that telecoms giants ...

‘Morally permissible’: Genetically altered babies get nod from UK ethics panel

Ian Sample | 
The creation of babies whose DNA has been altered to give them what parents perceive to be the best chances ...

Challenging the story of our origin: Human traits had ‘patchwork emergence’ across Africa

Hannah Devlin | 
The origins of our species have long been traced to east Africa, where the world’s oldest undisputed Homo sapiens fossils were discovered ...
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Insulin pill could replace daily injections for diabetics

Nicola Davis | 
An insulin pill for people with diabetes could be in the offing, say researchers, providing hope that a daily regime ...