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Podcast: Wasps from China could help combat spotted lanternflies threatening US vineyards

Dan Charles | 
The spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, first showed up in the United States five years ago, right here in Berks County, ...
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Controversial CRISPR-edited sperm experiment seeks to reduce risk for breast, ovarian, prostate cancers

Rob Stein | 
Reproductive biologists at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City are attempting to use the powerful gene-editing technique called CRISPR ...
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Podcast: Animal-free, GMO ice cream could start a food revolution. But how does it taste?

Maria Godoy | 
The realm of plant-based meat substitutes has gotten a lot of buzz lately. Think the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat ...
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Stronger diversity among genetic counselors could help bridge health gap with minority groups

Erika Stallings | 
As genetics' role in medicine expands, diversity among providers is crucial, say people working in the field. "It is well ...
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Sickle cell patient first to receive experimental CRISPR treatment in the US for a genetic disorder

Rob Stein | 
For the first time, doctors in the U.S. have used the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR to try to treat a ...
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Precision medicine dampened by lack of diversity in gene research pool

Pien Huang, Sandra Soo-Jin Lee. | 
[Anthropologist and bioethicist Sandra Soo-Jin Lee] recently wrote about ethics in personalized medicine research for Science magazine, and we spoke ...
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‘Talking To Robots’: Book takes ‘funny and broad’ look at a fully automated future

Adam Frank | 
In the decade or so since Siri and her compatriots first appeared, we've all gotten pretty used to having conversations ...
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Why do we act so weird on airplanes? There may be a scientific explanation for rampant emotions

Josh Axelrod | 
Lady Gaga fills the tiny back-of-seat airplane screen. Then, (spoiler alert) A Star Is Born's tragic ending ensues and the ...

Controversial herbicide dicamba damaging some non-GMO soybean research plots in Midwest

Dan Charles | 
Something strange is happening to Pengyin Chen's soybean experiments at the University of Missouri's Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville, ...
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Why we aren’t ready for routine genetic sequencing of newborns: It can ‘raise unsettling questions’

Richard Harris | 
Scientists have found that, so far, a complete genetic readout would be a poor substitute for the traditional blood test ...
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Artificial embryos made from stem cells could shed light on infertility, miscarriages and birth defects

Rob Stein | 
Scientists have created living entities that resemble very primitive human embryos, the most advanced example of these structures yet created ...
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Mutations have turned our bodies into a mosaic of cellular variations

Richard Harris | 
Your body has about 40 trillion cells, and they all arose from a single fertilized egg. But it turns out ...
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Fighting mosquitoes with gene editing, fungus and a spider gene

Rob Stein | 
In the hope of finding a new way to fight malaria, scientists have used a spider gene to genetically engineer ...
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Widespread plastic use in organic farming raises tough sustainability questions

Lisa Held | 
Plastic is under attack these days for the environmental problems it causes. But sustainability-minded shoppers might not be aware that ...
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NPR Podcast: Why ‘free range,’ ‘natural,’ and other food labels won’t ‘change the world’

Dan Charles | 
So many food labels proclaim their eco-virtues these days — organic. Pasture-raised. Cage-free. Non-GMO. What do they actually mean? Original ...
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$2.1 million gene therapy is most expensive drug in history

Rob Stein | 
The federal Food and Drug Administration has approved a gene therapy for a rare childhood disorder that is now the ...
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Ouch! Here’s how your brain deals with pain and the emotion that follows

Jon Hamilton | 
“At its core, pain is just something that hurts or makes you say ouch," says Karen Davis, a senior scientist at ...
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Video: Weaponizing CRISPR against superbugs

Rob Stein | 
Bladder infections, like many others, are increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotics. "We are getting to the point where there are ...
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Questioning the value of a genetic test for obesity

Richard Harris | 
Scientists who recently announced an experimental genetic test that can help predict obesity got immediate pushback from other researchers, who ...

Podcast: Will consumers embrace CRISPR-edited crops even though they are not regulated as GMOs?

Dan Charles | 
The company Calyxt, just outside St. Paul, Minn., wanted to make a new kind of soybean, with oil that's a little ...

Seafood Without The Sea: Will Lab-Grown Fish Hook Consumers?

Clare Leschin-Hoar | 
[In April], the Impossible Burger marked a meatless milestone with its debut as a Burger King Whopper. Meanwhile, Lou Cooperhouse ...
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CRISPR ‘moving out of the lab’ in first US cancer trial

Rob Stein | 
We've finally reached the moment when CRISPR is moving out of the lab and into the clinic around the world ...
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Too much of a good thing? Why empathy has a ‘dark side’

Fritz Breithaupt, Jonathan Lambert | 
Empathy seems like a good quality in human beings. Pure and simple. It allows us to consider the perspective of ...
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Podcast: Are farmers losing the ‘agricultural arms race’ against weeds?

Dan Charles | 
There was a moment, about 20 years ago, when farmers thought that they'd finally defeated weeds forever. Biotech companies had ...

Podcast: Farmers divided over controversial weed killer dicamba as legal battle against Bayer heats up

Jonathan Ahl | 
The herbicide dicamba's job is to kill weeds, and many farmers say it's a lifesaver. But the chemical has also damaged ...
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Podcast: Anti-GMO activism drove this scientist out of crop biotech research

Devang Mehta, Liz Tung | 
When Devang Mehta started his PhD research developing disease-resistant crops, he was excited about the humanitarian potential of genetically modified ...
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Podcast: Will meat lovers embrace plant-based ‘Impossible’ burgers?

Maria Godoy, Rachel Martin | 
How do you convince a carnivore to eat a burger that doesn't have any meat? There are a few companies ...
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Podcast: AquaBounty says GMO fish can’t survive in wild, no threat to Alaska’s wild salmon industry

Liz Ruskin | 
AquaBounty’s CEO says Alaska’s wild salmon industry has nothing to fear from the genetically engineered salmon her company plans to ...