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Video: Humans have lost many genes over the course of our evolution. Here’s how they helped define us

Video: Humans have lost many genes over the course of our evolution. Here’s how they helped define us

Kallie Moore | 
Our DNA holds thousands of dead genes and we’ve only just begun to unravel their stories. But one thing is ...
Video: The saga of how humans developed the ability to talk

Video: The saga of how humans developed the ability to talk

Kallie Moore | 
The evolution of our ability to speak is its own epic saga and it’s worth pausing to appreciate that. It’s ...
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Video: Mite vs mite—Farmers airdrop pest-munching predators into strawberry fields to protect their crops

Two tiny mites duke it out on strawberry plants throughout California. One is a spider mite that sucks the juices ...
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Farmers know switch to organic means lower yields, but expect price premium to make up for losses

Courtney Vinopal | 
For decades, the conventional wisdom surrounding organic farming has been that it produces crops that are healthier and better for ...
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Saving bees ‘to death’? Our efforts to grow the honeybee population by using artificial hives may harm other pollinators

Berly McCoy | 
Everyone wants to save the bees. But as populations decline every year, we may be saving them to death. Human ...
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Is one genetic mutation responsible for human endurance?

Brittany Flaherty | 
Studies suggest that a mutation caused humans to lose function of the CMAH gene two to three million years ago—around ...
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How CRISPR is speeding up animal research

Veronique Greenwood | 
Fifteen years ago or so, when Helen Sang, a geneticist at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, and her colleagues wanted to ...
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Estonia becomes first nation to provide state-sponsored DNA testing

Allison Eck | 
Estonia, a former Soviet territory nestled in the Baltic region between Latvia and Russia, has become the first nation to ...
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NASA Twins Study finds thousands of epigenetic changes in astronaut Scott Kelly

Rashmi Shivni | 
When astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after a year floating about the International Space Station, he was noticeably different from his ...
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Could MRI brain scans prove you’re innocent?

Heather Mongilio | 
Lie detection using a functional MRI machine, which measures and creates an image of brain activity, is a topic of ...
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Could artificial intelligence, machine learning help detect sepsis early?

Steven Ashley | 
Driven by the nation’s aging population, the rise of drug-resistant bacteria, and the growth of medical interventions, sepsis has become ...
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Invisible threat: Zika virus may spread through sex without showing symptoms

Robin Kazmier | 
Despite ongoing research, much about the [Zika] virus remains a mystery, including many details of how it spreads. Mosquitoes are ...
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Mosquitoes evolving resistance to nets designed to quash spread of malaria

Veronique Greenwood | 
In the last ten years or so, more than a billion insecticide-treated bed nets have been distributed across the world ...
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Friendly foxes? What domesticating this ‘incorrigibly wild’ animal tells us about domestication of dogs

Andrew Wagner | 
Cultures across the globe consider foxes to be incorrigibly wild. In both ancient fables and big-budget movies, these fluffy mammals ...

DNA tests helping descendants of slavery confront history of injustice against blacks

Kamala Kelkar | 
In 2002, descendants of African slaves filed a historic class-action lawsuit...demanding reparations from...companies that had benefited from their predecessors. Reparations ...
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How large-scale farms using pesticides can be more sustainable than organic farming

Miriam Horn | 
Editor’s Note: In her new book “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland,” . . . Miriam Horn [tells]. . . the story ...
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Which is riskier–Pesticides or chemical free, disease free CRISPR gene-edited crops?

Brooke Borel | 
Ultimately, whether we use CRISPR in agriculture comes down to a handful of questions: Which is better, controlling plant diseases ...

Many environmentalists dismiss best way to reduce pesticide use– GMOs

Amy Maxmen | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. But what really catalyzed [Walter ...

Is our understanding of genetics approaching historic turning point?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. JUDY WOODRUFF: It seems ...

Psychology isn’t the only science with reproducibility problem

Denise Cummins | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  A large collaborative science ...
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Video: Why we love eating ‘killer’ pesticides in our food

Joe Hanson | 
In this PBS video as part of the "It’s Okay to Be Smart" series, Joe Hanson explains that the most ...

Designer gut bacteria could help fight stomach diseases in the future

Catherine Woods | 
Biologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a genetically modified version of a common bacteria found in the ...

Designer bacteria can make your gut healthy, and your poop glow

Catherine Woods | 
Biologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a genetically modified version of a common bacteria found in the ...

Humans evolved across Africa and hybridized creating diversity

Homo sapiens appeared on the African landscape some 200,000 years ago. While scientists have long imagined eastern Africa as a ...

Video: GMO opponents sue to block new Enlist Duo GMO corn and soybeans

Megan Thompson | 
Millions of acres of farmland in the U.S. have been affected by herbicide-resistant weeds. And the problem is spreading, which ...
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PBS’s John Hockenberry challenges Vandana Shiva on GMO misstatements

John Hockenberry | 
The Takeaway host John Hockenberry interviews anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva on Monsanto, Bt cotton and global trade, pesticide use, farmer ...
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Biohackers turning mushrooms into furniture show promise, concerns about synthetic biology

Spencer Michels | 
How do you transform mushrooms into furniture, or re-wire algae to conduct electricity? Biohacking, the practice of rewiring the biology ...

PBS video: Golden Rice faces challenges in Phillipines

Miles O'Brien | 
Vitamin A deficiency is a deadly threat to kids and pregnant mothers in the Third World. In the Philippines, the ...
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