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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

Curt Stager, Martha Foley | 
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?

Jim Hopper, Rachel Martin | 
[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 ...
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Inside the quest to find the ‘Alzheimer’s Germ’—if it even exists

Bret Stetka | 
Dr. Leslie Norins is willing to hand over $1 million of his own money to anyone who can clarify something: ...
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Newly discovered brain cells could be key to human uniqueness

Jon Hamilton | 
Scientists have taken another step toward understanding what makes the human brain unique. An international team has identified a kind ...
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Doctors aren’t all that good at helping patients decide on lung cancer screenings, study shows

Mara Gordon | 
A study published [August 20] in JAMA Internal Medicine looked at how well doctors talked about the risks and benefits of lung cancer ...
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Cataloguing every type of cell through the ‘Human Cell Atlas’

Karen Weintraub | 
"No one really knows how many [types of human cells] there will be," [Aviv Regev] says. Immunologists had already counted ...
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Delayed onset: Damage from Zika can appear up to a year after birth

Rob Stein | 
Since Zika emerged as a threat to babies, it has been a mystery exactly how much of a danger the ...
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Why genetic tests could affect your insurance coverage in the future

Michelle Andrews | 
Taking a genetic test in your 20s or 30s could, indeed, affect your ability to get long-term-care insurance later — ...
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‘Land sparing’ or ‘land sharing’? More intensive agriculture better helps farmers fight climate change

Paul Chisholm | 
Farmers face a growing dilemma .... How do you feed .... people without harming the environment? [G]rowing as much food ...
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Chronic brain injury CTE is only confirmed after death. How do we diagnose the living?

Tom Goldman | 
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is found among people who've had head injuries. Though not everyone with head trauma develops CTE, the group ...

Genetic privacy: Are we protected against discrimination from health insurers?

Michelle Andrews | 
This week, we're tackling questions from readers who are worried about health insurance roadblocks in the face of a serious ...