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How the “F” word—flu—led to confusion as the coronavirus pandemic unfolded

Thinking that a novel virus is like a familiar one is like assuming that a guinea pig is the same ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-GMO activists ignore science when debating glyphosate safety

There are encouraging signs that people are beginning to tune out the activist propaganda ...
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Podcast: How to build a coronavirus; alcohol doesn’t shrink your brain; and locusts threaten famine in East Africa

Kevin Folta and Cameron English break down four of the latest headlines from the world of genetics and biotech ...
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Viewpoint: Europe missed the GMO revolution. Sensible regulation could ensure they don’t miss out on CRISPR gene editing

The EU needs to take politics out of the GM approval process ...
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Gene drives could revolutionize how we deal with pests—if the technology avoids the controversial fate of GMOs

In addition to research and laboratory ethics, gene drive proponents need to focus on public perception ...
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Viewpoint: Dicamba debacle trial forces a reevaluation: Was Monsanto a ‘bonafide bad actor’?

The toll on farmers is infuriating enough. But there could be widespread damage to the environment as well ...
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What’s your ‘ageotype’? Classification system explains why some of us are older—or younger—than we look

Study shows that "it’s possible to change the way you age for the better." ...
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Boosting Australia’s fire recovery by ‘terraforming’ damaged lands with synthetic biology

Biotechnology can provide valuable tools for fire prevention and restoration ...
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Viewpoint: Prohibiting treatment of transgender teens ignores reality of gender dysphoria

New study delves into the genetics of individuals with gender dysphoria ...
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Artificial wombs could create seismic shift in the debate over abortion, reproductive rights

The ability to develop a fetus outside the mother's body could be here within decades. That means society will face ...
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GMOs, biosensors and biopreservation: Tools that can fight global hunger by reducing food spoilage

We're feeding an ever-increasing number of people. Getting the rest of the way by 2030 will require every innovation we ...
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‘CRISPR this, CRISPR that’: Is our fascination with the popular gene-editing tool distracting us from the potential of gene-silencing RNAi technology?

I hope the public fascination with CRISPR can also embrace the other biotechnologies providing new therapeutic options ...
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Retinitis pigmentosa cure breakthrough? Next generation of artificial lenses being developed with flexible silicon-like chips to combat genetic blindness

Organic semiconductors can link up with brain cells to send and receive signals. They may find a use in sight-restoring ...
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Kim Kardashian West’s battle with psoriatic arthritis: Will understanding the genetics of the autoimmune disorder point to a cure?

While there is no cure, appropriate and early treatment can help prevent major damage to affected parts of the body ...
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Viewpoint: Generation Z to environmentalists: If you care about sustainability, embrace GMOs and gene edited crops

It is important that this new generation follow the facts, not just rigid environmental orthodoxy ...
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GMOs are ‘substantially equivalent’ to conventional foods. Should they face reduced regulations?

There really is no tension between patenting plants that are also found by the FDA to be substantially equivalent ...
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Podcast: From Jurassic Park to woolly mammoths – is it right to bring back extinct species?

Geneticist Kat Arney takes a look at the science of de-extinction, asking whether it's feasible - or even ethical - ...
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How the pursuit of better education, career opportunities may be creating regional genetic inequalities

Highlighting non-ancestral genetic differences could be an important step in alleviating the harmful results of social stratification ...
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Eat your veggies! California testing confirms organic and conventional produce well below EPA pesticide limits

Once again, evidence that our food supply is safe and incredibly diverse ...
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Viewpoint: Netflix’s new horror movie ‘Eli’ is a fright. But why did they have to ‘tarnish gene therapy’?

Attempts to treat genetic disease shouldn’t be the stuff of horror films ...
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How NASA’s struggle with radiation-resistant microbe could help us understand infections

Bacteria have infiltrated sterile rooms NASA used to build space equipment. Studying what happens to them in outer space could ...
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Viewpoint: Don’t expect synthetic biology to reverse climate change. But it could help, if we use it correctly.

There are several ways in which synthetic biology may have a positive contribution to our carbon footprint ...
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Hemophilia B—the blood disease that plagued Europe’s royal families—might be treatable using gene editing

Researchers are hoping to use gene editing to create more effective and less expensive treatment options--compared to gene therapy--for people ...
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Evolution doesn’t want you to be happy or satisfied. We’re supposed to ‘survive and reproduce.’

While the pursuit of happiness seems like a worthwhile goal, evolution thinks otherwise ...
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From GMOs to BPA, why the wealthy are more likely to fall for food pseudoscience

Socioeconomics play a significant role in attitudes about food ...
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