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Glyphosate-cancer lawsuits spur development of next-generation weed killers

Erik Stokstad | 
"Total fear and shock." That's how Andrew Kniss, a weed scientist at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, describes the ...
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Why genetic testing poses new legal perils for doctors

Jennifer Couzin-Frankel | 
While DNA testing upends the practice of medicine, U.S. laws aren’t keeping pace. That’s one message from a nearly finished ...
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Doctors face ‘wrenching questions’ about genetic testing and legal risks. Do we need new laws?

Jennifer Couzin-Frankel | 
As DNA testing gallops ahead, doctors face wrenching questions about legal risks, protecting patients’ privacy, and the quality of the ...
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Can genetic engineering save the world’s coral reefs from climate change?

Warren Cornwall | 
The relentless rise of global temperatures is imperiling coral reefs around the world. Just 75 kilometers offshore from the research ...
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‘Sticky’ pesticides could protect crops, cut harmful agricultural runoff

Erik Stokstad | 
A problem with many pesticides is that rain washes them off plants and into the soil and groundwater. Now, researchers ...
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Drought and pollution: How do thirsty plants impact air quality?

Jason Plautz | 
[P]lants can both help create and cleanse one dangerous air pollutant: ground-level ozone, which causes breathing problems and exacerbates lung ...
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Challenging the notion that people with ‘dark personalities’ are more successful

David Adam | 
The dark side of human personality has long fascinated the public and psychologists alike. Research has linked unpleasant traits such ...
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Did medieval Black Death reach as far as sub-Saharan Africa?

Lizzie Wade | 
[S]ome researchers point to new evidence from archaeology, history, and genetics to argue that the Black Death likely did sow ...

Japan’s plan to deregulate CRISPR-edited crops may trigger backlash from consumers still wary of GMOs

Dennis Normile | 
Japan will allow gene-edited foodstuffs to be sold to consumers without safety evaluations as long as the techniques involved meet ...
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There’s a war on ‘prediabetes’ and why that may be bad medicine

Charles Piller | 
In medicine, prevention is usually an unalloyed good. But in this case, other diabetes specialists argue, medical and epidemiological data ...
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Has genetic analysis identified Jack the Ripper?

David Adam | 
Forensic scientists say they have finally fingered the identity of Jack the Ripper, the notorious serial killer who terrorized the ...

Can this pill protect us against ‘wide range’ of flu viruses?

Robert Service | 
The flu season is at its height in the Northern Hemisphere, but—as many are discovering—seasonal flu vaccines don’t always provide ...

How plant pollen could speed development of higher yielding CRISPR-edited crops

Jon Cohen | 
The genome editor CRISPR has transformed many areas of biology, but using this tool to enhance certain varieties of crops ...
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Potato breeding ‘revolution’ aims to safeguard spuds against proliferating pests and climate change

Erik Stokstad | 
In Peru and around the world, enhancing the potato has become a high priority. It is the most important food ...
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Was life on Earth sparked by ‘moon-sized’ impact 4.4 billion years ago?

Robert Service | 
A cataclysm may have jump-started life on Earth. A new scenario suggests that some 4.47 billion years ago—a mere 60 ...
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Born that way? Dog breed traits are rooted in their genetics, study shows

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
American Kennel Club descriptions of dog breeds can read like online dating profiles: The border collie is a workaholic; the ...
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M.S. Swaminathan, ‘father of India’s Green Revolution,’ says he’s not opposed to GMO crops

Gayathri Vaidynathan | 
An iconic Indian agricultural scientist is distancing himself from a recent editorial he co-authored that is critical of genetically modified ...
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‘Cutting-edge’ artificial cells could boost precision medicine efforts

Mitch Leslie | 
No biologist would mistake the microscopic "cells" that chemical biologist Neal Devaraj and colleagues are whipping up at the University ...
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Human evolutionary theory challenged in global study by diversity of birth canals

Erica Tennenhouse | 
The shape of a mother’s birth canal is a tug-of-war between two opposing evolutionary forces: It needs to be wide ...
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Recreating the chemical soup that may have sparked life on earth

Robert Service | 
In the molecular dance that gave birth to life on Earth, RNA appears to be a central player. But the ...
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EU’s ‘stringent’ gene-edited crop regulations starting to ‘chill’ plant breeding research

Andrew Wight | 
Three months after the European Union’s top court gave gene-edited crops the same stringent legal status as genetically modified (GM) ...
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Peering into our body’s complicated relationship with the sun

Derek Lowe | 
One of the impressive things about biochemistry and cell biology is how it can produce physical correlates to things that ...
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Quest to find molecule that sparks multiple sclerosis yields promising discovery

Mitch Leslie | 
Researchers have long suspected that a self-antigen—a normal molecule in the body that the immune system mistakenly treats as a ...
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Sustainability failure: Anti-GMO France’s 10-year effort to slash pesticide use boosted spraying by 12%

Erik Stokstad | 
In 2008, the French government announced a dramatic shift in agricultural policy, calling for pesticide use to be slashed in ...
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Mexico’s new science minister fiercely skeptical of GMO crops and new breeding techniques

Lizzie Wade | 
In early June, evolutionary developmental biologist Elena Álvarez-Buylla received an out-of-the-blue phone call from the campaign of Andrés Manuel López ...

How a broken gene may have given us the ability to become ‘marathoners’

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
A new study in mice pinpoints how a stretch of DNA likely turned our ancestors into marathoners, giving us the ...
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‘Jumping’ genes responsible for strawberry sexes show how fast plants evolve

Carol Morton | 
[S]eparate sexes may seem fundamental to nature, but they’re an oddity for most plants. Now, scientists have figured out how ...

Scientists could save American Chestnut Tree with genetic engineering—if regulators let them

Gabriel Popkin | 
Two deer-fenced plots here contain some of the world’s most highly regulated trees. Each summer researchers double-bag every flower the ...