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| | June 22, 2018
Pressure is growing on direct-to-consumer genealogy and genetic testing companies to be more transparent about their privacy policies, after the arrest of the notorious Golden State Killer using publicly available data from one of the websites. In a letter sent this week — and shared with STAT — Reps. Dave Loebsack of...
Every patient is unique, and the art of medicine is the component of the practice that addresses such uniqueness with compassion and care. Will artificial intelligence (AI) change all of that? … Artificial intelligence ... involves data analytics coupled with the ability to predict outcomes and decision-making capabilities for the...
| | June 22, 2018
Once upon a time, shortly after the age of bloodletting, people thought that facts could change minds. It may seem laughable now, but many used to believe they could simply provide evidence that fire is hot, that the Earth is round, or that humans are causing climate change, and others...
Members of the House Appropriations Committee are threatening to withhold funding for the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC), whose methods have been under fire recently not only from Congress, but also in the courts. IARC is a member of the World Health Organization, which receives some funding from U.S....
[One] DNA test found that my family’s dog, Teddy, is part pit bull, which comes as no surprise. Many rescue pooches have pit bull roots. The test also says Teddy is to a great extent of Saint Bernard stock, which maybe you can see if you really squint, but which,...
[There is one form of] special pleading that is gaining some currency, and that’s basically carving out an exception to the requirement for rigorous science for “traditional medicine,” be it Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), aboriginal medicine, or folk medicine practiced around the world. … This is the basic narrative...
| | June 22, 2018
One of the great purported boons of GMOs is that they allow farmers to use fewer pesticides, some of which are known to be harmful to humans or other species. Bt corn, cotton, and soybeans have been engineered to express insect-killing proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, and they have indeed been successful...
Input-intensive crop monocultures and industrial-scale feedlots must be consigned to the past in order to put global food systems onto sustainable footing, according to the world’s foremost experts on food security, agro-ecosystems and nutrition. The solution is to diversify agriculture and reorient it around ecological practices, whether the starting point...
| June 22, 2018
The savannah scrubland where Chief João Ponce once hunted deer and wild boar in Brazil has given way to neat rows of soy and corn that a tractor sprays with herbicide. In the next field, silver grain silos shimmer in the hot sun. Ponce is head of the Uirapuru indigenous...
| | June 22, 2018
Earlier this year, [Boston Dynamics founder Marc] Raibert said the company planned to start selling its SpotMini robot dogs in 2019, and onstage this week, he said the company plans to produce about 100 of the robots by the end of this year. The goal is to begin mass production at the...

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Neonicotinoid insecticides negatively impact bumblebee queen health, lab study finds

In a study published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers at the University of California, Riverside found that ...
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EU food safety chief: Reelection—not reality—motivated Europe’s anti-glyphosate politicians

Some politicians spoke “loudly” against glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, before their elections but came back to reality ...
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R.I.P. Monsanto. Our hates will go on.

Welp, this is the end of Monsanto. Not the end of the seed company, mind you, but the end of ...
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Canada to decide on neonicotinoid restrictions this summer

The fate of two neonicotinoid seed treatments, applied to almost all of the canola and corn seeds in Canada and ...
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EU neonicotinoid ban could leave UK sugar beet farmers with no defense against virus

Following the partial neonicotinoid ban on flowering crops in 2013, the latest restriction which was voted on earlier this year, ...
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Viewpoint: Pesticide regulations should assess societal context, not just safety

Apart from the inherent scientific complexity, the glyphosate case illustrates a fundamental societal issue. The mere fact that the European ...
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233 scientists call on world’s governments to ‘greatly restrict’ use of neonicotinoid insecticides to protect biodiversity

Continued applications of the most widely used insecticides in the world must be urgently restricted, say 233 scientists in a tightly ...
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Health Canada sticks with phase out of neonicotinoid insecticides although its study finds impact on bees is limited

Health Canada is sticking with its proposal to phase out most outdoor and agricultural uses of a common pesticide, even ...
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Dissecting claims about Monsanto suing farmers for accidentally planting patented seeds

Much to the dismay of anti-GMO activists, courts around the world including SCOTUS have consistently upheld the rights of companies ...
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Viewpoint: Protecting wild bees is about more than just food pollination

Like my younger self, most Canadians are unaware of the vast diversity of bee species we have in Canada and ...
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Bad weather to blame for recent uptick in US honeybee loses

Beekeepers in the U.S. reported an increase in honeybee deaths over the last year, possibly the result of erratic weather ...
Organic vs conventional food fight: Focus on pesticides distracts from real environmental problems

Organic vs conventional food fight: Focus on pesticides distracts from real environmental problems

Has GMO use really led to a “flood” of pesticide use, as critics contend? That’s not what the data show ...
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Do organic farmers really use more pesticides than conventional farmers? Not even close.

This is part one of a four-part series attempting to separate fact from fiction regarding pesticide use on organic farms ...
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EU Court of Justice upholds ban on neonicotinoid insecticides, dismissing cases by Bayer and Syngenta

A top European Union court upheld on Thursday (17 May) the ban on three insecticides blamed for killing off bee ...
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Indian government committee says more field trials needed before GMO mustard commercialization

A committee under Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has turned down commercial release of genetically modified mustard developed ...
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Viewpoint: Why does US still use neonicotinoid insecticides when they’re banned in Europe?

In late April, the European Union banned a blockbuster trio of neonicotinoid insecticides, marketed by chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer. The decision, motivated by mounting ...
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USDA’s hands-off approach to gene-edited crops could revolutionize research and development

The US Department of Agriculture’s recent decision to stay out of the business of regulating gene-edited crops could be a ...
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UK science advisor: Neonicotinoid debate highlights need to reform cycle of pesticide approvals and bans

New pesticides are typically licensed for use based on the guidance written on the label of the container. This guidance ...
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Reproductive warfare: Do infertile ‘kamikaze sperm’ thwart rival males?

In the 1990s, biologist Robin Baker put forth the idea that a significant proportion of human sperm are not actually capable of ...
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Earth’s weirdest and most exotic creatures: Research bonanza for genetics and science

From the axolotl’s regenerating limbs to naked mole rat cancer resistance, new sequencing is uncovering new possibilities ...
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How scientists use meta-analysis to try to make sense of contradictory findings on neonicotinoids and bees

The EU has announced a near-total ban on three insecticides that we now know are harmful to bees and other pollinators. And yet for ...
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Agricultural biotechnologies that improved safety, yields, food security in developing nations

This is the third in a three-part series making the case that the development of the biotech traits for insect ...
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Scientists worry EU’s neonicotinoid ban could lead to increase in spraying of other insecticides

Dr Bill Parker, Director of Research, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), said: “While this decision is not unexpected given ...
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EU health commissioner: Neonicotinoid, glyphosate decisions show European regulations consistent, science-based

No one can blame the European Commission of being in the hands of industry lobbies, as in both the glyphosate ...
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UK National Farmers Union: Neonicotinoid ban could compromise crop protection

The NFU has called the decision to ban the use of neonicotinoids to all outdoor crops as a "regrettable decision ...
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EU approves total ban on neonicotinoid insecticides due to bee health concerns

The European Union will ban the world’s most widely used insecticides from all fields due to the serious danger they ...
Global consensus finds neonicotinoids not driving honeybee health problems—Why is Europe so determined to ban them?

Global consensus finds neonicotinoids not driving honeybee health problems—Why is Europe so determined to ban them?

One of the more intriguing subplots in the melodramatic debate over neonicotinoids and the ‘future of bees’ is the apparent ...
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Eating rare farm animal breeds could actually save them from extinction

When you think about Britain’s endangered animals, hedgehogs, small tortoiseshell butterflies and puffins may spring to mind. But rare breeds ...

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