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Regenerative agriculture: Can ‘carbon farming’ help battle climate change by improving soil health?

Moises Velasquez-Manoff | 
[Regenerative agriculture's] guiding principle is not just to farm sustainably — that implies mere maintenance of what might, after all, ...
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‘Natural traveler’? Humans may not be responsible for sweet potato’s migration from South America to Pacific

Carl Zimmer | 
Of all the plants that humanity has turned into crops, none is more puzzling than the sweet potato. Indigenous people ...
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Viewpoint: Time to reassess Nazi Hans Asperger’s role in study of autism

Edith Sheffer | 
I have spent the past seven years researching the Nazi past of Dr. Hans Asperger. Asperger is credited with shaping ...
Viewpoint: 'Race' may be a social construct, but denying ancestral-based group genetic differences is 'indefensible'

Viewpoint: ‘Race’ may be a social construct, but denying ancestral-based group genetic differences is ‘indefensible’

David Reich | 
With the help of [advances in DNA sequencing], we are learning that while race may be a social construct, differences ...
‘All of Us’:  NIH biobank set to collect genomes of 1 million people to address chronic diseases

‘All of Us’: NIH biobank set to collect genomes of 1 million people to address chronic diseases

Gina Kolata | 
This spring, the National Institutes of Health will start recruiting participants for one of the most ambitious medical projects ever ...
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Conservation steward challenge: Which endangered species should we intervene to save?

Jennifer Kahn | 
[O]ur role as stewards of the earth is becoming more and more like that of doctors in a global intensive-care ...
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Unexplained ailments? Genetic mutations may be responsible

Carl Zimmer | 
Gregor Mendel discovered fundamental rules of genetics by raising pea plants. He realized that hidden factors — we now know ...
World's largest family tree could help explain why we stopped marrying our cousins

World’s largest family tree could help explain why we stopped marrying our cousins

Steph Yin | 
Before the Industrial Revolution in the United States, Canada and Europe, you might have ended up married to a fourth ...
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Viewpoint: How ‘Big Food’ co-opted the organic movement

Danny Hakim | 
I was recently dispatched to a Target to buy some Goldfish, which was a more daunting task than you might ...
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‘Natural’ food label heads to court

Julie Creswell | 
In recent years, one bright spot in an otherwise lackluster market for packaged foods, beverages and consumer products has been ...
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Lost rice variety cultivated by US slaves rediscovered in Trinidad—and coming to your plates

Kim Severson | 
Among the biologists, geneticists and historians who use food as a lens to study the African diaspora, rice is a ...
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The regenerating axolotl: What can we learn from its giant genome?

Nicholas Bakalar | 
Scientists have decoded the genome of the axolotl, the Mexican amphibian with a Mona Lisa smile. It has 32 billion ...
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Why news of cloned monkeys doesn’t mean humans are next

Gina Kolata | 
Researchers in China reported on [January 24] that they have created two cloned monkeys, the first time that primates have ...
Can gene therapy reduce terminal cancers to minor chronic diseases that are 'no different than high blood pressure'?

Can gene therapy reduce terminal cancers to minor chronic diseases that are ‘no different than high blood pressure’?

Todd Balf | 
On Oct. 15 at 8 a.m., Andy Lindsay stood atop 21,247-foot Mera Peak in Nepal, a wildly improbable place for ...
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Designer proteins could help us fight flu, remove gluten from foods

Carl Zimmer | 
[Researchers have] been stumped by one great mystery: how the building blocks in a protein take their final shape. David ...
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First US baby born from living donor uterus transplant

Denise Grady | 
For the first time in the United States, a woman who had a uterus transplant has given birth. The mother, ...
Gene therapy challenge: Overcoming shortage of key and expensive viruses

Gene therapy challenge: Overcoming shortage of key and expensive viruses

Gina Kolata | 
Eager to speed development of revolutionary treatments, the Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it would expedite approval of ...
French President Macron advocates glyphosate herbicide ban within 3 years

French President Macron advocates glyphosate herbicide ban within 3 years

Danny Hakim | 
The European Union voted on Monday [Nov. 27] to extend its authorization for the world’s best-selling herbicide for an abbreviated ...
New T-cell treatment shows promise for treating leukemia

New T-cell treatment shows promise for treating leukemia

Denise Grady | 
A new way of genetically altering a patient’s cells to fight cancer has helped desperately ill people with leukemia when ...
Gene therapy boost: FDA positions for faster reviews of new treatments

Gene therapy boost: FDA positions for faster reviews of new treatments

Denise Grady, Sheila Kaplan | 
The Food and Drug Administration on [November 16] issued new guidelines to speed the introduction of treatments involving human cells ...
Are 'gene drive' trials too risky for field studies?

Are ‘gene drive’ trials too risky for field studies?

Carl Zimmer | 
In 2013, scientists discovered a new way to precisely edit genes — technology called Crispr... One of the more intriguing ...
Food fears: How anti-science myths—like 'clean eating' and GMO health risks—make eaters anxious

Food fears: How anti-science myths—like ‘clean eating’ and GMO health risks—make eaters anxious

Aaron Carroll | 
[Editor's note: Aaron Carroll is a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is the author of ...
Dicamba herbicide drift damaged 3.6 million acres of soybean crops in 25 states

Dicamba herbicide drift damaged 3.6 million acres of soybean crops in 25 states

Eric Lipton | 
A weed killer called dicamba has damaged more than 3.6 million acres of soybean crops, or about 4 percent of ...
Gene therapy that reboots body's immune cells to fight non-Hodgkin's lymphoma approved by FDA

Gene therapy that reboots body’s immune cells to fight non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma approved by FDA

Denise Grady | 
The Food and Drug Administration on [October 19] approved the second in a radically new class of treatments that genetically reboot ...
Is sexual orientation 'gaydar' detection machine sound or ethical?

Is sexual orientation ‘gaydar’ detection machine sound or ethical?

Heather Murphy | 
[Michal Kosinski] decided to show that it was possible to use facial recognition analysis to detect something intimate, something “people ...
Pumpkins, cucumbers, and watermelons diverged from a single melon ancestor

Pumpkins, cucumbers, and watermelons diverged from a single melon ancestor

Joanna Klein | 
About 100 million years ago, the genome of a single melon-like fruit copied itself. Over time, this one ancestor became ...
Viewpoint: Climate change, pesticides endanger monarch butterfly populations

Viewpoint: Climate change, pesticides endanger monarch butterfly populations

Margaret Renkl | 
The life cycle of the monarch hinges on the availability of milkweed, but the prevalence of the herbicide Roundup has ...
Gene identified for disease resistance in bananas, may stave off ‘bananapocalypse’

Gene identified for disease resistance in bananas, may stave off ‘bananapocalypse’

Paul Tullis | 
For decades, biotech researchers and conventional breeders were foiled in their efforts to bring disease resistance to the Cavendish [banana] ...