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‘Natural’ food label heads to court

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

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?

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

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’?

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

[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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

[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

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

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?

[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

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

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’

For decades, biotech researchers and conventional breeders were foiled in their efforts to bring disease resistance to the Cavendish [banana] ...
Viewpoint: Glyphosate herbicide's 'tough year' could get much worse

Viewpoint: Glyphosate herbicide’s ‘tough year’ could get much worse

Monsanto’s flagship weed killer, Roundup, has had a tough year. And it could get worse. With Roundup at the center ...
Why are thousands of bumblebees dying around the fragrant Linden trees of London?

Why are thousands of bumblebees dying around the fragrant Linden trees of London?

Visitors in the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens near London have reported hundreds, if not thousands of bees, especially bumblebees, sick or ...
Sudden increase in Zika’s potency linked to small mutation

Sudden increase in Zika’s potency linked to small mutation

It remains one of the great mysteries of the Zika epidemic: Why did a virus that existed for decades elsewhere ...
Saving chocolate: Scientists develop disease-resistant hybrid cacao clones that dramatically increase yields

Saving chocolate: Scientists develop disease-resistant hybrid cacao clones that dramatically increase yields

[F]ew cacao varieties are widely cultivated, and that’s a problem: Like many other crops, cacao is under constant threat from ...
Monsanto's dicamba herbicide crisis divides farmers on pesticide regulations

Monsanto’s dicamba herbicide crisis divides farmers on pesticide regulations

Farmers planted a new kind of seed on 25 million acres of soybean and cotton fields this year. Developed by ...
CRISPR may allow us to choose the color of butterfly wings

CRISPR may allow us to choose the color of butterfly wings

Only nature can paint the gorgeous colors and patterns on a butterfly’s wings. But scientists said... they have mastered the ...
FDA approves first product claiming to reduce infant peanut allergies

FDA approves first product claiming to reduce infant peanut allergies

A new powdered peanut product is the first food item allowed to claim it may reduce peanut allergies in infants, ...
Why do gene therapy treatments cost so much?

Why do gene therapy treatments cost so much?

The first gene therapy treatment in the United States was approved recently by the Food and Drug Administration, heralding a new ...
‘Unscrupulous’ stem cell clinics targeted in FDA crackdown

‘Unscrupulous’ stem cell clinics targeted in FDA crackdown

The Food and Drug Administration announced a crackdown on dangerous stem cell clinics...while at the same time pledging to ease the path to approval ...