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Virus used to deliver gene therapy treatments may increase liver cancer risk, study suggests

Jocelyn Kaiser | 
Just as gene therapy finally seems to be living up to its promise, a study has revived a lingering worry ...
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Gene-editing pioneer Jennifer Doudna calls for greater accountability on anniversary of China scientist CRISPR gene editing human embryo

Jennifer Doudna | 
There are key moments in the history of every disruptive technology that can make or break its public perception and ...
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Bangladesh GMO Golden Rice approval was expected in November, but regulatory hurdles remain

Erik Stokstad | 
Soon. That has long been scientists' answer when asked about the approval of Golden Rice, a genetically modified (GM) crop ...
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How old is your dog in human years? This calculator promises more accurate estimate, using epigenetics

Virginia Morell | 
Our Scotch collie, Buckaroo, is just shy of 14 years old. Following the long-debunked but still popular idea that one ...
'Tuning' plant flowering signals with CRISPR could yield heartier crops suited to harsh environments

‘Tuning’ plant flowering signals with CRISPR could yield heartier crops suited to harsh environments

Yuval Eshed, Zachary Lippman | 
Increasing human populations demand more productive agriculture, which in turn relies on crop plants adjusted for high-yield systems. [G]enetic tuning ...

Single genetic tweak in GMO corn boosts yields 10%—other crops could be improved, too

Erik Stokstad | 
Supporters of genetic engineering have long promised it will help meet the world’s growing demand for food. But despite the ...

Study claiming neonic pesticides harm wild birds has no relevance to real-world conditions, plant geneticist argues

David Bertioli | 
Capturing wild birds and force-feeding 3-10% of a lethal dose (of anything) is cruel. It’s not surprising birds would become ...
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Fungus-treated tomatoes see 65% higher yields in salty soil, greenhouse study shows

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
Plant scientists in the Middle East have discovered that adding a desert root fungus, Piriformospora indica—first isolated in India—to the ...
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‘Turning electrons into chemicals’: Scientists seek alternatives to oil-based manufacturing processes

Robert Service | 
Black, gooey, greasy oil is the starting material for more than just transportation fuel. It's also the source of dozens ...
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Turkish scientist gets 15-month prison sentence after publishing study that links chemicals in food and water in western Turkey to cancer

Kristen McTighe | 
A Turkish food engineer and human rights activist was sentenced .... to 15 months in jail after publishing the results ...

Using CRISPR to improve accuracy of cancer-fighting drugs

Jocelyn Kaiser | 
Cancer drug developers may be missing their molecular targets—and never knowing it. Many recent drugs take aim at specific cell ...
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North American bird populations dropped 30% over 50 years, but causes hard to ‘pin down’

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
North America’s birds are disappearing from the skies at a rate that’s shocking even to ornithologists. Since the 1970s, the ...
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EPA plan to end animal testing by 2035 pits environmental groups against animal rights activists

David Grimm | 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., announced .... that it will stop conducting or funding studies on ...
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Behavior goes ‘haywire’: How strep throat may trigger OCD, anxiety in children

Rachel Zamzow | 
[Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections, or PANDAS] is as puzzling for researchers as it is for the ...
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Chemical-free pest control tools on the way thanks to novel gene silencing strategy

Angela Meccariello | 
In insects, rapidly evolving primary sex-determining signals are transduced by a conserved regulatory module controlling sexual differentiation. In the agricultural ...
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‘Huge step’ for synthetic biology: CRISPR upgrade allows editing of larger genome fragments ‘with ease’

Robert Service | 
Imagine a word processor that allowed you to change letters or words but balked when you tried to cut or ...
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Why we may never know the fate—good or bad—of China’s controversial CRISPR babies

Jon Cohen | 
Since the gene-edited babies known as Lulu and Nana became international news in November 2018, scientific debate and media speculation ...
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‘Brute-force approach’ to CRISPR innovation: China stakes out global leadership role developing medical treatments, transplantable organs, quality meat

Jon Cohen | 
China now has at least four groups of CRISPR researchers doing gene editing with large colonies of monkeys. “The most ...
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China’s multi-billion-dollar investment in CRISPR could help feed its ‘massive’ population

Jon Cohen | 
[Cell biologist Gao Caixia] is one face of the Chinese government’s bet that CRISPR can transform the country’s food supply ...
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Viewpoint: Stem cell therapies have potential, but commercial industry is ‘still shady, full of hype’

Derek Lowe | 
In case anyone was wondering, the commercial stem cell clinic business is still shady and full of hype, profiteering, and ...
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Suspected Fusarium wilt infection in Colombia threatens global banana supply, but fungus-resistant GMO fruit on the horizon

Erik Stokstad | 
In a long-feared development, an extremely damaging disease of bananas has apparently reached Latin America. Late last week, the Colombian ...

3 things we should do to preserve insect biodiversity

Greg Lamarre, Yves Basse | 
Insects make up the bulk of terrestrial diversity. Reports of insect declines, best documented in Europe and North America, suggest ...

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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