Pesticides and food: It’s not a black and white issue

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FIRST ARTICLE: Has pesticide use decreased over the last 40 years?

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New book delves into synthetic biology and the origin of life on Earth

Christina Agapakis | 
The following is an excerpt. What is the origin of life on Earth? What is the future of life in ...
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The complexity of cancer genetics

Karissa Milbury | 
To develop cancer-specific drugs, we need to distinguish cancer cells from healthy cells -- but it’s not so easy ...

The biology of identity

Jason Castro | 
Are your talents, traits, and insecurities so deeply embedded in your genes that they’re basically inevitable? ...
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Biotech crops do not produce new allergens or toxins

Kevin Bonham | 
The idea that GM crops might result in novel allergens is "at best wildly misleading and at worse an all-out ...

Efforts to revive extinct species miss the point

Editors | 
The following is an excerpt. “We will get woolly mammoths back.” So vowed environmentalist Stewart Brand at the TED conference ...

Mosses make two different plants from the same genome

Jennifer Frazer | 
The following is an excerpt of a longer story. One of the most astonishing secrets in biology is this: every ...

Biological secrets of the criminal mind

Adrian Raine | 
The following is an excerpt. What is science revealing about the nature of the criminal mind? Adrian Raine, a professor ...

Transgenics: A new breed of crops

Daniel Cressey | 
The following is an edited excerpt. A whole new generation of GM crops is now making their way from laboratory ...

How do ribosomes translate RNA into proteins?

Abid Javed | 
The following is an excerpt. Machines can be large and complex. Take a car, for instance. It has an engine ...

Scientists try to reverse-engineer the tomato

Steve Mirsky | 
The following is an edited excerpt. The modern supermarket tomato became damaged goods as part of the attempt to keep ...

Can synthetic biology keep your food safe?

Julianne Wyrick | 
The following is an excerpt. On a hot summer day, nothing spells refreshment quite like a slice of juicy, orange ...

Clive James: The go-to source for biotechnology crop data

Emily Waltz | 
The following is an excerpt. There’s only one place to find comprehensive global data on biotech crops, and it’s not ...

Sex with other human species might have been secret of Homo sapiens’s success

Michael Hammer | 
The following is an edited excerpt. For decades scientists have debated exactly how H. sapiens originated and came to be the last ...

How genetic plunder transformed a microbe into a pink, salt-loving scavenger

Lucas Brouwers | 
The following is an excerpt. Most cells would shrivel to death in a salt lake. But not the Halobacteria. These microbes ...

Finding my inner Neandertal

Kate Wong | 
The following is an excerpt. Odds are you carry DNA from a Neandertal, Denisovan or some other archaic human. Just ...

Chlamydia is killing koalas—will genetics find a cure?

John Platt | 
The following is an excerpt. Why do some koalas die from chlamydia and an AIDS-like retrovirus whereas others manage to ...

Childhood obesity is a product of environment, not genetics

Tara Haelle | 
The following is an excerpt. New evidence is confirming that the environment kids live in has a greater impact than ...

“De-extinction” and the definition of species

David Biello | 
The following is an excerpt. A bird that once darkened the skies of the 19th-century U.S. no longer exists, except ...

The narcissism of de-extinction

Hannah Waters | 
The following is an excerpt. If people had the ability to resurrect extinct species (dubbed “de-extinction”) and reintroduce them to ...
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New guidelines on testing kids’ DNA

Ricki Lewis | 
When and how should parents have their children genetically tested? Ricki Lewis gives a Cliff’s Notes version of the new ...

Free kits help kids see their DNA

Helene Brazier-Mitouart | 
The following is an excerpt. [I]magine introducing genetic concepts to 10-year-old children. It is a challenge! In that spirit, Bio-Rad ...

3-D printer to speed human embryonic stem cell research

Larry Greenemeier | 
The following is an excerpt. A team of scientists is reporting a breakthrough in the 3-D printing using human embryonic ...

RNA fragments may yield rapid, accurate cancer diagnosis

William Ferguson | 
The following is an excerpt. Cancer tumor cells shed microvesicles containing proteins and RNA fragments, called exosomes, into cerebral spinal fluid, ...
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Untested stem cell cosmetics endanger consumers

Ferris Jabr | 
Nature.comIn The Flesh: The Embedded Dangers of Untested Stem Cell CosmeticsScientific AmericanAbout three months earlier the woman had opted for ...

Genetics traces Gypsies to ancient Indian origin

Katherine Harmon Courage | 
The Romani people—once known as “gypsies” or Roma—have been objects of both curiosity andpersecution for centuries. Today, some 11 million Romani, ...

Genetically distinct lion population should be conserved

John R. Platt | 
Every day 20 unusual lions greet visitors at a tiny animal park in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These lions, which have ...

Real-time genetics could squash “superbug” outbreaks

Katherine Harmon Courage | 
Genetic sequences of drug-resistant bacteria have helped scientists better understand how these dastardly infections evolve—and elude treatment. But these superbugs ...

The $1000 Genome is here – are we ready?

Ivan Karabaliev | 
The era of the $1000 genome, which is all but upon us already, is a new era of predictive and ...