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‘Climate proofing’ the world’s food supply with edible microorganisms

We need a global food production system that is tolerant to unpredictable climate fluctuations ...
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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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Podcast: GMOs to blame for coronavirus? Catching COVID-19 twice; junk studies fuel biotech skepticism

As the world continues to struggle against the rapidly spreading coronavirus, anti-GMO activists are blaming crop biotechnology for the pandemic ...
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California grows 90% of America’s fresh strawberries. Does pesticide dependence threaten the industry’s future?

Agricultural abundance is a pillar of the California dream. In 2016 the state turned out more than US$45 billion worth ...
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Viewpoint: We’ll learn a lot from the coronavirus outbreak, but it will be ‘paid for in blood’

The coronavirus outbreak, now a pandemic spreading at an exponential rate throughout the world, is upending our routines, certainties and ...
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Remember the questionable study claiming glyphosate boosts cancer risk 41%? Lead author reasserts her claim, EPA refutes it, and we take a second look

Sheppard and her co-authors are intent on favoring data that appears to support the existence of a risk from glyphosate ...
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Podcast: ‘How to argue with a racist’—geneticist Adam Rutherford challenges what he calls ‘pseudoscience’ in genetics and politics

Adam Rutherford explains how to argue with a racist, hunting for the ghosts in the human genome, and recreating the ...
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Viewpoint: Fact-checking anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva’s ‘Poison-Free, Fossil-Free’ food lecture

The event was a missed opportunity to have the more nuanced discussion that such an important topic deserves ...
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Podcast: One of the most infamous fakes in biology? How Ernst Haeckel’s disputed embryo images sows confusion about evolution

Kat Arney takes a closer look at some of the most controversial images in science - Ernst Haeckel's illustrations of ...
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Can DNA predict who might be a mass murderer?

There have been repeated attempts over the past 50 years to find genetic links to criminal behavior or mass murderers ...
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Reconsidering LSD and other psychedelic drugs for treating depression and anxiety

There is a movement underway to reconsider how LSD and other psychedelic drugs are regulated. If restrictions were loosened, these ...
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Growing tiny brains for research: Should we ‘frantically panic’ that something might go awry?

As mini-brains become more advanced, some researchers are worried they'll develop consciousness ...
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Viewpoint: At least 200,000 people die every year GMO Golden Rice is kept off the market

This is not a story of incompetence and ignorance, but of an antediluvian hostility to science and technology ...
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‘No one wanted to touch it’: Why a Lyme disease vaccine has been so elusive

The first human Lyme vaccine was pulled off the market nearly twenty years ago. A new effort faces lingering suspicions ...
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Does the ‘genetics revolution’ unsettle you? Here is a guide, and reasons to be hopeful

I'm thrilled that DNA science has become so much more tangible and practical. Yet we must use the information wisely ...
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Brave new world? Why the public might be ready for gene-edited babies

Gene-editing tools like CRISPR/Cas9 are rapidly bringing the possibilities forward ...
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Can we find the keys to drug abuse, opioid addiction in our genes?

We still have much to learn about genetics, addiction, and even the brain itself ...
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Can genetic screening help identify soldiers less likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder?

Research offers new support for the idea that genetics can play a key role in determining why some people develop ...
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Golden Rice: The GMO crop loved by humanitarians, opposed by Greenpeace

Golden Rice is back in the news as the Philippines and Bangladesh move closer towards approval of the GMO food ...
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‘Drink like there is tomorrow’: Inside the quest to prevent hangovers with a GMO probiotic

Engineered probiotics and other microbes provide amazing opportunities ...
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Ancestry tests underreport African genetic diversity, limiting benefits of precision medicine for blacks. Here’s how we can change that.

The newly-sequenced African genomes will help fill in the outlines of the origin and diversification of humanity ...
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How a ‘dubious’ 50-year-old study fuels marijuana use by pregnant women—against the advice of health experts

Social media users extol — and health experts decry — a study from Jamaica suggesting cannabis use poses no harm ...
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4 things to know about epigenetics, including that most changes are not passed on to offspring

Far more is unknown about epigenetics than is known. Let’s have a look at what we do know ...
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What sperm banks could learn from Fox’s ‘Almost Family’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel ‘The Testaments’

It’s time for tighter regulation of assisted reproductive technologies ...
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Sustainable dyes and fabrics created through synthetic biology promise to revolutionize fashion industry

The fashion industry is responsible for 10 percent of global carbon emissions; that is more than air and sea transport ...
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Regenerative Japanese stem cell treatment raises hopes for spinal cord injuries—but sparks ethical debate

The country fast-tracked the controversial therapy, opening an international rift over who should make health care decisions ...
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Podcast: Food snobbery vs the Impossible Burger: A skeptical look at health claims about plant-based meat

"Natural food" advocates have blasted Impossible and Beyond as unhealthy. Let's look at their arguments ...
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How ‘alien genetics’ would change our understanding of life, biology and evolution

While we await our first contact with alien life, scientists investigate possible scenarios for extraterrestrial biology ...