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Will coffee go extinct? Deadly fungus threatens one of the world’s favorite beverages

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, talking about a plant disease might seem frivolous. But around the world, 100 ...
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Why your morning cup of coffee sends you running to the bathroom

Coffee makes you poop. That's a fact, right? It must be, since you can buy t-shirts or mugs with that ...
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UK biotech firm poised to test disease-resistant CRISPR bananas and coffee in South America

Norwich food-tech firm Tropic Biosciences is set to push the development of its gene-edited bananas and coffee into field trials ...
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CRISPR coffee? And puppies? 10 novel uses for gene editing you probably didn’t know about

You might have heard of the tremendous potential CRISPR could have in treating disease. The technology is already accelerating the ...
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Lab-grown burgers and now…coffee? Seattle-based startup developing bean-free ‘molecular’ java

[Recently], the United Nations shared yet another alarming report about climate change. This time, it focused on the threat to ...
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Podcast: How farmers grow the 2.7 billion pounds of coffee we drink every year

Whether you typically crave a drip coffee or something a bit more intricate, we can all agree that caffeine is ...
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Guatemalan coffee growers battling deadly plant fungus, stiff competition abandon farms for US

Guatemala’s coffee farmers are at the mercy of one of the world’s most volatile commodity markets. Over the past two ...
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Viewpoint: Welcome to California, where coffee causes—and prevents—cancer

California's Proposition 65, which began its miserable life as The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, now has ...
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Will two daily cups of coffee help you live longer? This study says so.

There have been studies saying coffee drinking increases longevity and general health and also studies to the contrary. Now, the ...
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60 percent of wild coffee species at risk of ‘extinction’

More than half of the world’s 124 wild coffee plant species meet the criteria for inclusion on the International Union ...
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Whether you prefer coffee or tea may depend on your DNA

Whether people prefer coffee or tea may boil down to a matter of taste genetics. People with a version of ...
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Surviving climate change: These 5 key crops will be forced to migrate northward

Climate change is coming like a freight train, or a rising tide. And our food, so dependent on rain and ...
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Record-high yields suggest climate change no threat to coffee production

For roughly the last two years, the media has been warning us that climate change is threatening the world's supply ...
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Viewpoint: Coffee cancer warning illustrates failure of California’s Prop 65 law

On August 29, the FDA threw its hat into California’s eternal does-or-doesn’t-coffee-cause-cancer fight. “Requiring a cancer warning on coffee, based ...
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GMO coffee is on the horizon—but will we drink it?

Remember the Gros Michel banana? If you're under the age of seventy, you probably don't. That's because in the 1950s ...
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Viewpoint: California’s looming coffee cancer warning shows how judges and lawyers can subvert science

A judge in California is going to determine whether or not coffee causes cancer. Think about that. We live in ...
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Smart drugs: Is it smart to use them?

Brain-boosting drugs are routine in treating conditions with deficits in cognition or alertness, such as ADHD and narcolepsy. They also ...
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Talking Biotech: University of Kentucky’s Michael Goodin on GMOs saving coffee crop from a killer virus

University of Kentucky's Michael Goodin on GMO technology saving coffee crop from viral threat ...