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Viewpoint: How plant-based meat and other biotech innovations fuel ecological restoration

Agriculture, livestock and fishing are the sectors with the greatest ecological impacts on the planet. Soon, in a generation, they ...
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Viewpoint: The dark side of biodiversity—Why living ‘in harmony’ with nature is a fantasy

The coronavirus is a brutal reminder to citizens abused by the rhetoric of conservationist movements that biodiversity is also a ...
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‘Serious trouble’ for the natural world. Can synthetic biology protect it by redesigning insects and saving threatened species?

A paper in the journal PLOS Pathogens described how they synthetically engineered mosquitoes to stop the spread of dengue fever, a viral tropical disease ...
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Monitoring biodiversity: Project seeks to catalog arctic life through ‘DNA Barcoding’

[Molecular biologist Inger Greye] Alsos is currently taking part in the formidable task of genetically identifying not just all the ...
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Conservation genomics: Better understanding of DNA could save some species from extinction

Disease, predators and shrinking habitats led to a complete loss of Hawaii’s only remaining lineage of the crow family, the ...
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Conservation agriculture and why we must move beyond the organic vs. conventional debate

How can journalists navigate the 'pitched battle' between organic advocates and biotechnology? Focus on real measures of sustainability, not polemical ...
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Push to use gene editing to fight invasive predators rejected in New Zealand

A lobby group is calling for an end to a ban on investigating whether genetic technologies could be used to kill predators ...
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‘Moonshot for biology’: Inside the quest to sequence all life on earth

A mission to sequence the genome of every known animal, plant, fungus and protozoan - a group of single-celled organisms ...
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Hunting ivory smugglers with DNA tests

Conservationists have developed a new high-tech strategy to trace the cartels that smuggle much of the illegal ivory around the ...
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Golden eagle genome gives conservation effort a ‘blueprint for life’

British scientists have made a breakthrough that could help safeguard the future of one of the world's most admired birds ...
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Why biodiversity might not always be such a good thing for our health

While some think of the "dilution effect" as settled science, some ecologists argue that claiming conservation will broadly reduce disease ...