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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’

Jonathan Lambert, Fritz Breithaupt | 
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 ...
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Podcast: Deadly varroa mite has made winter of 2019 the worst in 10 years for honey bees

Anna King | 
Experts say honey bees are dealing with many stressors: chemicals, loss of wildflowers, climate change, nutrition and viruses. But this ...

Have grandmothers offered evolutionary advantages to their families?

Jonathan Lambert | 
Since the name of the evolutionary game is survival and reproduction, the phenomenon begs explanation — why live longer than ...
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Podcast: Cataloguing every human cell in the quest to build ‘Human Cell Atlas’

Nell GreenfieldBoyce | 
SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Your body has around 37 trillion cells - no, really, we've counted, all bodies do, including BJ ...

Audio: GMOs aren’t just made in the lab. They’re found in nature, too

Martha Foley, Curt Stager | 
While genetically modified crops are the result of the intentional introduction of "foreign" genes by humans for a specific agricultural ...
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Short days, dark moods: Can a brain short circuit explain SAD (seasonal affective disorder)?

Jon Hamilton | 
Just in time for the winter solstice, scientists may have figured out how short days can lead to dark moods ...

Podcast: How deep brain stimulation relieves depression symptoms

Jon Hamilton | 
There's new evidence that mild pulses of electricity can relieve depression — if they reach the right target in the ...

Brains of young football players can be changed in one season, study says

Ashley Westerman | 
A single season playing football might be all it takes to change a young athlete's brain. … Researchers used special ...

Science summit calls gene-edited babies ‘deeply disturbing’ but rejects moratorium on similar research

Rob Stein | 
A Chinese scientist's claims that he created the world's first gene-edited babies is a "deeply disturbing" and "irresponsible" violation of ...

Podcast: What does sadness look like in the brain?

Jon Hamilton | 
Scientists may have caught a glimpse of what sadness looks like in the brain. A study of 21 people found ...
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Limited benefits gained from vitamin D and fish oil supplements, find two major studies

Patti Neighmond | 
Many people routinely take nutritional supplements such as vitamin D and fish oil in the hopes of staving off major ...

Pentagon’s plan to engineer insects to protect food crops sparks fears of misuse as bioweapons

Dan Charles | 
Jane Polston and I are walking over to some greenhouses at the University of Florida, where she’s a professor. She wants ...
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Podcast: Exactly how does the brain do something as simple as storing a phone number?

Jon Hamilton | 
You hear a new colleague's name. You get directions to the airport. You glance at a phone number you're about ...

Will EPA’s new dicamba restrictions be enough to stop crop damage?

Eli Chen | 
Scientists are concerned that the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently announced limits on dicamba herbicide use will not be effective in ...

Surviving climate change: These 5 key crops will be forced to migrate northward

Dan Charles | 
Climate change is coming like a freight train, or a rising tide. And our food, so dependent on rain and ...
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Skyrocketing beer prices? Why climate change could hit us where it hurts

Bill Chappell | 
The price of beer could rise sharply this century, and it has nothing to do with trends in craft brewing ...
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Arkansas farmers defy authorities, spray banned GMO dicamba resistant soybean and cotton

Dan Charles | 
The fields and back roads of eastern Arkansas were a crime scene this past summer. State inspectors stopped alongside fields ...

Sexual assault and the brain: Are memory gaps unusual?

Rachel Martin, Jim Hopper | 
[Senate judiciary committee hearing on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh] about a sexual assault accusation provoked different ...
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Hunting ivory smugglers with DNA tests

Christopher Joyce | 
Conservationists have developed a new high-tech strategy to trace the cartels that smuggle much of the illegal ivory around the ...