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Can you buy a synthetic version of the deadly 1918 influenza? There’s no law against it—and that has security experts worried

In the past few years, something new has become possible in biology: cheaply “printing” DNA for insertion into a cell ...
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Restorative stem cell treatments? William Shatner pitching stem cell therapies’ that evidence shows don’t work

Shatner has not been known, especially on Twitter, for his reflective nature or critical thinking abilities.  ... Star Trek star ...
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Congress considers allowing gene patents to keep pace with Chinese innovations

In 2013, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down patents on two human genes—BRCA1 and BRCA2—associated with breast and ovarian cancers ...
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‘Young blood’ plasma treatments unproven, possibly dangerous, says FDA

Federal health regulators on [February 19] warned consumers against controversial “young blood” treatments — plasma infusions from young donors marketed for conditions ...
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Viewpoint: We’re letting bureaucracy get in the way of diagnostic innovation

Should we be making it easier for companies to bring new tests to market, rather than having a process that ...
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International treaty could threaten genetics research on ebola, other infectious diseases

There is something that is weighing heavily on the minds of some infectious diseases scientists these days. ... It’s an ...
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CRISPR ‘super-soldiers?’ Why we need international gene-editing rules

Within this century, human beings will be capable of changing their genes to modify traits like intelligence, or even instincts ...
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Examining the EU’s contradictory treatment of glyphosate and copper sulfate pesticides

Of all the elements the EU considers in ag regulations, science gets the shortest shrift ...
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Why can’t we stop rogue scientists from engaging in dubious research?

[C]an the public control science that leaves us with permanent and unenviable consequences? Recent news suggests that the answer is ...
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Can CRISPR help us stop wasting so much food?

CRISPR. It’s not what’s for dinner. Not yet, at least. But the hot genetic editing technology could be instrumental in ...
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India’s new GMO safety rules will follow ‘well established scientific principles’

The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) has initiated work on framing regulations on Genetically Modified (GM) Food ...
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Making sense of the patchwork US regulatory system for genetically engineered crops and animals

The faster-growing genetically engineered AquaAdvantage Salmon took 20 years of regulatory scrutiny to gain approval, while the non-browning gene-silenced Arctic ...
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Viewpoint: Why the USDA decided not to over-regulate CRISPR crops—and what it means for agriculture’s future

On 28 March, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that “USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could ...
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EU re-approval of glyphosate herbicide dodges farming economic woes—for now

If the European Union eventually phases out all the popular glyphosate herbicide, the loss of farm productivity could cost Europe ...
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Viewpoint: FDA regulations ‘a disaster’ for genetically modified animal research

The Trump Administration and Congress should rein in the FDA's regulatory overreach on genetically engineered animals, which is stifling important ...
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Viewpoint: From Non-GMO to gluten-free, ‘fake transparency’ in food labeling offers little but higher prices

At what point does food labeling become less about transparency and more about marketing strategy? A new federal law mandating ...
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Viewpoint: European anti-tech groups threaten to derail CRISPR gene editing in agriculture

The political decision of how to regulate gene editing and other New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) will determine whether Europe becomes ...
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Viewpoint: Christopher Portier—well-paid activist scientist at center of the ban-glyphosate movement

Christopher Portier, special adviser to the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, is bringing down the reputation ...
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Viewpoint: Should US be subsidizing organic farming when label seems increasingly meaningless?

Congress is considering tripling the budget for the USDA's organics program. Should we be asking for more answers from regulators ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Blistering’ USDA organic report suggests ‘movement’ needs major reforms

The USDA report detailing poor oversight by the agency’s National Organic Program challenges the belief that consumers can trust organic ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-GMO online series promotes fear and ‘less sustainable’ farming

Works like the recently released "GMOs Revealed" are making it more difficult for new agricultural techniques to gain widespread acceptance ...
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Viewpoint: Outdated regulations responsible for recall, destruction of harmless GE petunias

An outdated policy leading to the destruction of 50 varieties of harmless flowers provides evidence that regulatory GMO practices need ...
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Podcast: Can the US learn from Canada’s ‘product-based’ GMO regulatory system?

Biotech legal expert Robert Potter: How GMOs are regulated differently in the US and Canada ...
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Podcast: Uruguay’s over-reaching GMO regulations stifle home-grown solutions

Uruguayan GMO researcher Sabina Vidal: Burdensome regulations mean farmers rely on soy seeds from US corporations ...
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Is the precautionary principle guiding law or a political notion?

What is the precautionary principle, and how is it being used, or misused? ...
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Controversial recommendation: American College of Medical Geneticists warns against Alzheimer gene tests

Citing inconclusive results and lack of medical treatments, the national authority on genetic testing recommends against not to test for ...