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SexyPlant: Can GMO crops that produce insect sex pheromones replace pesticides?

Damian Carrington | 
“Sexy plants” are on the way to replacing many harmful pesticides, scientists say, by producing the sex pheromones of insects ...
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The end of Monsanto: Bayer to drop company’s name following takeover

Rupert Neate | 
The Monsanto company name, which has become synonymous with genetically modified food and as a longstanding target of environmental activists, ...
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Humans have killed more than 80% of wild mammals

Damian Carrington | 
[S]ince the dawn of civilisation, humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants, ...
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Neanderthal ‘mini brains’ created from ancient DNA could illuminate human brain biology

Hannah Devlin | 
Scientists are preparing to create “miniature brains” that have been genetically engineered to contain Neanderthal DNA, in an unprecedented attempt ...
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EU approves total ban on neonicotinoid insecticides due to bee health concerns

Damian Carrington | 
The European Union will ban the world’s most widely used insecticides from all fields due to the serious danger they ...
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Eating rare farm animal breeds could actually save them from extinction

Lucy Jones | 
When you think about Britain’s endangered animals, hedgehogs, small tortoiseshell butterflies and puffins may spring to mind. But rare breeds ...
Consume more than 5 glasses of wine or beer per week? Each additional drink decreases lifespan by 30 minutes, study claims

Consume more than 5 glasses of wine or beer per week? Each additional drink decreases lifespan by 30 minutes, study claims

Sarah Boseley | 
Drinking will shorten your life, according to a study that suggests every glass of wine or pint of beer over ...
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Travel to Mars: Can gene therapy help us clear deadly radiation hurdle?

Sarah Betancourt | 
An international group of researchers has come up with a new plan to help astronauts survive high-level radiation in space ...
Evolution of the eyebrow and why it's so important for communication

Evolution of the eyebrow and why it’s so important for communication

Ian Sample | 
Modern humans might never have raised a quizzical eyebrow had Homo sapiens not lost the thick, bony brows of its ancient ...
Trellises not trees: Human populations have split, reformed and remixed over millennia

Trellises not trees: Human populations have split, reformed and remixed over millennia

Robin McKie | 
The ingrained notion – that there has only ever been one species of human being, Homo sapiens – is a latterday fiction ...
Humans produce new neurons affecting learning, memory and emotion throughout our lives

Humans produce new neurons affecting learning, memory and emotion throughout our lives

Nicola Davis | 
Humans continue to produce new neurons in a part of their brain involved in learning, memory and emotion throughout adulthood, ...
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Plant scientists embrace USDA decision to not regulate gene-edited crops

Robin McKie | 
Researchers in the US have been given the go-ahead to use gene-editing techniques to alter crops and plants. The decision ...
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Growing wheat in Africa? Variety developed with advanced breeding techniques can withstand 104 degrees

Mark Hillsdon | 
In the northern Senegalese village of Ndiayene Pendao, close to the border with Mauritania, Fatouma Sow is pulling weeds. Her team ...
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Honeycrisp-enterprise cross: Cosmic crisp is biggest-ever launch of apple variety

Lucy Rock | 
Nearly 30 years ago, Dr Bruce Barritt was jeered when he branded the apple industry in Washington state a dinosaur ...
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Agroecologist: Gene-edited animals aren’t the solution to livestock diseases

Julia Wright | 
It is very worrying not only to read about yet another blunder by the industrial farming sector (Pigs in the ...
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As your testosterone levels go down, does empathy go up?

Amy Fleming | 
Charles Ryan has a clinic in San Francisco at which he regularly relieves men of their testosterone. This “chemical castration”, ...
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What makes us human? If your brain is frozen after death, information might be uploadable into an artificial body

Sue Blackmore | 
Are you longing for your brain and all its memories to be preserved for ever? That once fanciful idea seems ...
Viewpoint: Gene editing in humans should leave 'no room for suspicion' of 'closed door' research

Viewpoint: Gene editing in humans should leave ‘no room for suspicion’ of ‘closed door’ research

Mary Warnock | 
The Royal Society has recently published the results of an extensive survey of the attitudes of the general public to ...
Gene editing could all but end world's most serious livestock diseases

Gene editing could all but end world’s most serious livestock diseases

Hannah Devlin | 
Farming is poised for a gene editing revolution that could overcome some of the world’s most serious livestock diseases, the ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticides pose risks to wild bees and honeybees, European Food Safety Authority says

Damian Carrington | 
The world’s most widely used insecticides pose a serious danger to both honeybees and wild bees, according to a major ...
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How might humans react to alien life? ‘We will take it rather well’

Nicola Davis | 
[R]esearchers say the discovery of alien life is more likely to be welcomed with open arms than panic. … To ...
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Growing human organs in sheep could help solve transplant shortage

Nicola Davis | 
Growing human organs inside other animals has taken another step away from science-fiction, with researchers announcing they have grown sheep ...
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Infographic: Gene editing and CRISPR in action

Ian Sample | 
Much of the excitement around gene editing is fueled by its potential to treat or prevent human diseases. There are ...
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3-parent embryos: UK doctors identify two women to undergo breakthrough, controversial procedure

Ian Sample | 
Doctors in Newcastle have been granted permission to create Britain’s first “three-person babies” for two women who are at risk ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Scientific racism’ and eugenics are infiltrating legitimate science again

Angela Saini | 
Researchers with extreme views on race number relatively few but, having languished on the margins of their fields for many ...
Some large Australian supermarket chains removing neonicotinoid insecticides from shelves, citing bee health concerns

Some large Australian supermarket chains removing neonicotinoid insecticides from shelves, citing bee health concerns

Michael McGowan | 
Woolworths in Australia has joined a growing list of companies to stop supplying a controversial pesticide linked to global declines in ...
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European court recommends gene-edited crops be exempt from EU GMO laws

Arthur Neslen | 
Gene editing technologies should be largely exempted from EU laws on GM food, although individual states can regulate them if they ...
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Mars in 15 years? Not without overcoming 3 big challenges

Zahaan Bharmal | 
Editor's note: Zahaan Bharmal is the Head of Marketing Strategic Communications at Google and has a degree in Physics from ...

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