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Viewpoint: Facing climate change, global hunger crisis, we should fix our ‘faulty food system’

Josh Wilson | 
Fixing the world’s “faulty food system” is increasingly being recognized as one of the key ways to fight climate change ...
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Brexit could lead Britain to ‘ditching EU’s mindless precaution and innovation-crushing rules on GMO crops’

Matt Ridley | 
Britain was once the world leader in biotechnology for agriculture, but that all changed 20 years ago when the environmental ...
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Tumor ‘black box’ could pinpoint the cause of each patient’s cancer, researchers say

Sarah Knapton | 
The cause of cancer is written into the DNA of tumours, scientists have discovered, in a breakthrough which could finally ...
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Why a happy marriage might be influenced by genetics

Henry Bodkin | 
The secret to a happy marriage lies in the genes, scientists have discovered, as new research finds a predisposition not to be ...
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US ambassador urges British public to reject protectionist ‘smears’ against American agriculture

Robert Johnson | 
[The first week of March] the United States published our objectives for a future trade deal with the UK. We are ...
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Why did Holocaust survivors live longer than other Jews?

Sarah Knapton | 
The horrors of the Holocaust were once thought to have inflicted a deadly legacy on the health of survivors. … But ...

Could controversial gene-editing scientist He Jiankui face the death penalty in China?

Sarah Knapton | 
The Chinese scientist who created the world’s first genetically edited babies is living under armed guard and could face the ...
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UK approves first gene-edited crop trial in Europe––for omega-3 oil boosting camelina

Charles Hymas | 
Gene-edited super-crops are to be sown in Britain in a European-first after scientists exploited a legal loophole. The Government has quietly ...

GMO bans leave Europe, Africa vulnerable to fall army worm invasion

Adrian Blomfield | 
A crop-destroying caterpillar that has devastated agriculture in Africa is poised to spread into southern Europe for the first time and ...
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Most UK millennials unconcerned about eating GMO foods, poll finds

Victoria Ward | 
The advent of genetically modified crops caused a scandal in the 1990s. But the younger generation is largely relaxed about ...
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‘Anti-vaxxers’ are starting to focus on pets—even though they can’t get autism

Alastair Choy | 
Dogs cannot get ‘autism’, the British Veterinary Association has warned, after the ‘anti-vaccine’ movement spread to pets. 'Anti-vaxxers' believe that ...
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First GMO crop in UK? Anti-biotech activists protest Rothamsted Research’s camelina field trials

Sarah Knapton | 
Crops which have been genetically modified so they produce industrial products could be grown in Britain for the first time ...

First Britons had dark skin, DNA ear scraps found in 10,000 year-old ‘Cheddar Man’ reveal

Henry Bodkin | 
The earliest Britons were black-skinned, with dark curly hair and possibly blue eyes, new analysis of a 10,000-year-old Somerset skeleton ...
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Growth in urban beekeeping hurting wild bees

Sarah Knapton | 
The rise in amateur beekeepers keeping hives on roofs and gardens is contributing to the decline of wild bees, Cambridge ...
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How drinking alcohol ‘snaps’ DNA, raising your cancer risk

Sarah Knapton | 
Drinking alcohol raises the risk of cancer by damaging DNA, scientists have discovered for the first time, leading health experts ...

Gene drives could combat exploding population of poison-resistant subway rats and other pests

Sarah Knapton | 
Figures ... show that London councils receive 100 complaints about rats and mice each day with some local authorities reporting ...
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Post-Brexit UK will continue GMO crop ban, environment secretary says

Christopher Hope | 
Food made from genetically modified crops will continue to be banned in the UK after Britain leaves the European Union, ...

Psychologists downplay role of genetics in mental health

Sarah Knapton | 
While there has been some success in uncovering genes which make people more susceptible to various disorders, specialists say that ...
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Cheese and dairy consumption changed the shape of our jaws

Sarah Knapton | 
Humans have small, slender heads and weaker jaws, because of our discovery of soft foods like cheese and dairy, a ...
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Identifying ‘arthritis gene’ that may have helped us survive Ice Age could revolutionize treatments

Sarah Knapton | 
Researchers in the US have discovered that a gene mutation which increases the risk of arthritis evolved in the Ice Age to help ...

Chinese parents embrace dubious DNA tests to uncover their child’s ‘natural talents’

Neil Connor | 
[Due to a widely popular trend among anxious parent,] thousands of children in China have undergone genetic testing which purportedly ...

‘Patients in a test tube’: Precision drugs heading our way, thanks to gene editing

Julia Bradshaw | 
[Gene editing] has spurred a wave of activity in the biotech sector, with several companies now offering a suite of ...
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Eggs in IVF treatments need both nature and nurture

Sarah Knapton | 
Nurture is as important as nature when it comes to IVF, scientists have found, after showing that the chemical 'soup' ...

UK experts’ recommendation could make three-parent babies more common

Sarah Knapton | 
Three-parent babies could finally be born in Britain next year after a panel set up by the fertility watchdog to ...
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People genetically sensitive to bitter taste may ingest twice as much salty foods

Henry Bodkin | 
An unhealthy taste for salty foods is the fault of nature rather than nurture, new research suggests. People with with ...
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Post Brexit Britain could become major grower of GMO crops, bucking Europe

Michael Wilkinson | 
Genetically modified crops will be grown across England after Britain pulls out of the European Union, under plans being drawn ...
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Live mice created from artificial eggs for first time

Sarah Knapton | 
Scientists in Japan proved it is possible to take tissue cells from the tail of a mouse, reprogrammed them as stem ...

Cheap gene test may identify heart attack risk years in advance

Laura Donnelly | 
A £50 [or roughly $65] genetic test could identify people at risk of a heart attack decades in advance, and ...