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Scare talk debunked: GMOs, pesticides and antibiotics don’t make conventional food unsafe

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently cautioned Americans not to fear their food. That’s an amazing thing for any public official ...
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Why antibiotic-resistant pathogens may get a boost from the COVID-19 pandemic

I want to return to my favorite topic, antibiotics, viewed through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, as ...
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Podcast: Don’t treat that fever—Dr. Paul Offit on why many of medicine’s most popular practices are ‘overkill’

Vaccine skeptics, alternative health advocates and anti-GMO activists are regularly lambasted for ignoring evidence that challenges their ideology. As it ...
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Viewpoint: Avoid these 6 bogus labels at the grocery store to save money

Are you paying more for certain food labels? Who can blame you! With the rise of labels and wanting to ...
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Battling antibiotic resistance by stopping evolution

One of the ways that bacteria evolve to become "antibiotic resistant" is by picking up free-floating genetic material from their environments. They ...
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Targeting super bacteria with artificial intelligence yields ‘powerful’ discovery

We’re now facing the emergence of strains of super bacteria resistant to one or more antibiotics and an aging arsenal ...
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FDA reports 38% decline in animal antibiotic sales since 2015, easing public health concerns

For several years, an area of focus for those of us involved in farm animal care has been a commitment ...
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Why infected patients should be put on multidrug cocktails to head off antibiotic tolerance and resistance

Infectious bacteria that are down but not quite dead yet may be more dangerous than previously thought. Even as one ...
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New CRISPR gene-drive system could crack down on antibiotic resistance in animal agriculture

Taking advantage of powerful advances in CRISPR gene editing, scientists at the University of California San Diego have set their ...
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Viewpoint: Battling antibiotic resistance requires ‘detection, prevention, innovation’ to counter rising threats

The latest Antibiotic Resistance Threats Report, recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows that antibiotic-resistant (AR) infections ...
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Has modern agriculture ‘tainted’ your Thanksgiving dinner?

The Environmental Working Group knows how to grab headlines with ominous claims about America's food supply. In 2018, the Washington, ...
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Viewpoint: New antibiotics won’t save us from drug-resistant bacterial infections

Of course, there is an ongoing search for new safe and effective antibiotics, but agents are very difficult to find ...
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Are undiscovered antibiotics ‘silently waiting’ in our own bodies? Researchers scour microbiome for helpful genes

[A] study led by Dr. Mohamed Donia from Princeton University pushed the dark microbiome world into the light by targeting the ...
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Developing world should curb agricultural antibiotic use to combat drug-resistant bacteria, study warns

The growing appetite for animal protein in developing countries has resulted in a smorgasbord of antibiotic consumption for livestock that ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Superbugs’ are here to stay. That doesn’t mean scientists are powerless to fight back.

Although it sometimes seems hopeless, there are ways to put the brakes on antibiotic resistance ...
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Newly discovered genes could help develop natural ‘antibiotic cocktails’ to battle plant disease

Yezhang Ding, Alisa Huffaker, and Eric Schmelz of the University of California San Diego and their colleagues have developed a ...
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New weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance: Tricking bacteria ‘into killing themselves’

Sneaky molecular biology tricks bacteria into killing themselves, in place of antibiotics ...
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Viewpoint: Non-GMO, organic, gluten free? Demystifying misleading food labels

Take a look at our label guide to know when a label is meaningful and when you’re just throwing away ...
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Podcast: Could domesticated bacteria help break our dependence on fossil fuels?

Microbes surround us and enhance our lives in almost innumerable ways. These helpful micro-machines catalyze key reactions required to produce ...
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Organic industry-funded study finds trace levels of antibiotics, pesticides in conventional milk

Results from a recent study examining what’s in organic versus conventional milk show that the majority of samples of conventional, non-organic ...
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Recently discovered Salmonella strain could render some infections ‘simply untreatable’

Scientists at North Carolina State University say they’ve discovered disease-causing Salmonella bacteria in the U.S. that can resist one of ...
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Some ‘quite effective’ US Civil War ‘folk’ medicines could lead to modern treatments

With conventional medicines in short supply during the Civil War, the Confederacy turned to plant-based alternatives in desperation. New research ...
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Scrambled DNA fragments could open doors to higher crop yields, new herbicides

Plants have shown a wide range of reactions after being edited with random bits of genetic material. Some grow faster ...
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Scavenger hunt for new antibiotics sends researchers to strange places

It’s said that for nearly 200 years, residents of a small rural area in Northern Ireland called Boho (pronounced “bo”), ...
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Viewpoint: Our desperate need for new antibiotics won’t be met without government incentives

As the number of infections resistant to antimicrobial drugs continues to rise around the world, and with it their huge ...
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Plan to battle citrus greening disease in Florida with antibiotics sparks backlash from activists, some scientists

In the next month or so, orange trees across Florida will erupt in white blossoms, signalling the start of another ...
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US researchers moving abroad to avoid FDA’s CRISPR-edited animal regulations

Alison Van Eenennaam offers a critical look at stifling US animal gene-editing rules ...
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New therapy could aid battle against drug-resistant bacteria

[T]he first penicillin-resistant pathogen was detected in 1940. Since then, many other antibacterial drugs (both natural and semisynthetic) have been ...