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Our food has never been safer, so why are we so scared of it?

Why you shouldn't trust your brain ...
Pesticides and Food: It's not a black or white issue — Part 1: Has pesticide use decreased?

Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 1: Has pesticide use decreased?

What is the truth about crop pesticides and their residues in food in 2018? ...
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Viewpoint: Will 5G harm you? Activist groups succeed in stirring conspiracy health risk phobias, as New York State legislature prepares to debate ‘growing evidence’ of harm

Two bills were recently introduced in the New York State legislature (in the Assembly and in the Senate) to establish ...
Viewpoint: Skeptical of pesticides? That's because you don't know what life is like without them

Viewpoint: Skeptical of pesticides? That’s because you don’t know what life is like without them

Our greatest public health challenge isn’t chemicals -- it's ignorance and fear-mongering about them ...
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Could there ever be a vaccine for breast cancer?

Triple-negative breast cancer, about 10% of all breast cancers, is one of the most aggressive and deadliest forms of this ...
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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 ...
Part 1: Defying all predictions, Africa is the global COVID-19 ‘cold spot’. How come health officials and the media are not honestly exploring why?

Part 1: Defying all predictions, Africa is the global COVID-19 ‘cold spot’. How come health officials and the media are not honestly exploring why?

The first confirmed COVID-19 case in Africa was on February 14, 2020 in Egypt. The first in sub-Saharan Africa appeared ...
GMO salmon two months from introduction: AquaBounty fights anti-biotechnology misinformation as it gears up for April launch of fast-growing, sustainable AquAdvantage salmon

GMO salmon two months from introduction: AquaBounty fights anti-biotechnology misinformation as it gears up for April launch of fast-growing, sustainable AquAdvantage salmon

AquaBounty's genetically engineered, fast-growing salmon could be sold at US restaurants and grocery stores as soon as this April. The ...
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Top 10 biotech propagandizers: Who are the science deniers and snake oil peddlers undermining science in agriculture and medicine?

Anti-science beliefs are proliferating, particularly on the biotechnology and genetics front, covering a range of issues from vaccine denialism to ...
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Can we have an open debate about IQ, genes, and group differences? Reassessing the legacy of James Flynn

I once spoke to a human geneticist who declared that the notion of intelligence was quite meaningless, so I tried ...
Gene editing could produce more flavorful decaf coffee — and combat public’s anti-GMO sentiment

Gene editing could produce more flavorful decaf coffee — and combat public’s anti-GMO sentiment

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks, but that cup can come with a price of jitters or ...
The truth about the COVID vaccines: Everything you need to know about the fastest vaccines ever developed

The truth about the COVID vaccines: Everything you need to know about the fastest vaccines ever developed

The COVID-19 vaccine was developed faster than any other vaccine in history, which has caused some concern to those that ...
Podcast: How do mRNA vaccines work and why were they developed so fast?

Podcast: How do mRNA vaccines work and why were they developed so fast?

Geneticist Dr Kat Arney takes a look at the discovery of messenger RNA (mRNA) and finds out how mRNA vaccines ...
Reflecting on ‘The Queen’s Gambit’: Are women genetically hardwired to underperform men in chess?

Reflecting on ‘The Queen’s Gambit’: Are women genetically hardwired to underperform men in chess?

Unlike the wildly popular Netflix chess-themed series The Queen’s Gambit, female players have struggled to climb to the top of ...
How COVID deniers are taking pages out of the anti-vaccine movement's playbook

How COVID deniers are taking pages out of the anti-vaccine movement’s playbook

One of the most notable things about the COVID-19 pandemic has been how fast two science denialist movements made common cause ...
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As the CRISPR revolution advances, here’s how gene editing will actually help farmers and consumers

2020 has been an eventful year for gene editing. The recent Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier ...
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Sustainability gap on Farm to Fork: What are the global consequences of Europe’s embrace of ‘green political correctness’

European Union politicians call it a “protein transition” strategy—the continent’s sustainable farming blueprint embodied in the Green Deal, the heart ...
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To the victor go the spoils: How Homo sapiens prevailed in battles for survival with Neanderthals

Around 600,000 years ago, humanity split in two. One group stayed in Africa, evolving into us. The other struck out ...
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Podcast: Beyond CRISPR and gene therapy—How ‘gene writing’ is poised to transform the treatment of even the rarest diseases

In just a few short years, gene editing has launched a biomedical revolution, yielding previously unimaginable treatments for conditions ranging ...
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Despite poor healthcare, Africa leads the world in controlling COVID-19. Here are some reasons why

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on healthcare systems worldwide, but many African countries have done a commendable ...
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The COVID conspiracy theory that won’t go away: No, the novel coronavirus was not made in a lab — it came from bats

One of the conspiracy theories that have plagued attempts to keep people informed during the pandemic is the idea that ...
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Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright, and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics

The old adage about kids being resilient and able to bounce back from early traumas isn't necessarily borne out by ...
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Viewpoint: The chilling impact of the virulent spread of anti-science thinking

"Anti-scientific thinking" is a bad disease of our time, and one which may affect a wide range of human beings, ...
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Viewpoint: Great Barrington Declaration arguing for herd immunity ‘takes page from denialist propaganda playbook’

When you’ve been examining pseudoscientific and quack claims for over two decades, you start to recognize patterns in the strategies ...
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Infographic: 5 different ways COVID vaccines work

COVID vaccine hesitancy is on the rise, perhaps in the wake of pressure to speed approval beyond scientific reason. But I think ...
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How COVID-19 resembles a sexually transmitted disease

Viruses walk a fine line between severity and transmissibility. If they are too virulent, they kill or incapacitate their hosts; ...
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