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Is science racist? Genetics, evolutionary human differences and ‘critical race theory’

Is science racist? Genetics, evolutionary human differences and ‘critical race theory’

The killing of George Floyd at the knee of a policeman last May ignited a global wave of protest. Almost ...
Science vs spirituality: The case of the severed head

Science vs spirituality: The case of the severed head

There’s a ghastly severed head in St Robert’s Roman Catholic church, just down the road from me in Catforth, northern ...
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Taboo: Why has Africa emerged as the global coronavirus ‘Cold Spot’ — and why are we afraid to talk about it?

The first COVID-19 case in Africa was confirmed on February 14th, 2020, in Egypt. The first in sub-Saharan Africa appeared ...
Cloned ferret Elizabeth Ann and the future of conservation: The promises and perils of biotechnology

Cloned ferret Elizabeth Ann and the future of conservation: The promises and perils of biotechnology

From Borneo to Britain, it’s the scientific breakthrough that captured the world’s attention. No, not the Perseverance rover landing on ...
Part 2: Why is Africa the global COVID-19 'cold spot'? — The historical challenge of disentangling genes and environment

Part 2: Why is Africa the global COVID-19 ‘cold spot’? — The historical challenge of disentangling genes and environment

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Does greater prior exposure to pathogens, including other recent coronaviruses, help explain why Africa is a COVID-19 cold spot, despite ...
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?

Genetic Literacy Project | 
The first confirmed COVID-19 case in Africa was on February 14, 2020 in Egypt. The first in sub-Saharan Africa appeared ...
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Can we have an open debate about IQ, genes, and group differences? Reassessing the legacy of James Flynn

Genetic Literacy Project | 
I once spoke to a human geneticist who declared that the notion of intelligence was quite meaningless, so I tried ...
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How germs and ancient migrations help explain our world of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’

Genetic Literacy Project | 
The Gökhem graves provide hard evidence for the ancient community's demise: genetic traces of the plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis ...
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Revisiting the Kon-Tiki hypothesis: Did ancient Americans really settle the Pacific?

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An eccentric theory of human seagoing migration—made famous by one of the most insanely suicidal ‘scientific’ experiments ever undertaken—has recently ...
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How to argue about ‘race’: Charles Murray and Adam Rutherford are not so far apart

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Shortly before the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer in May this year, two (now tragically ...
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Blame human evolution for corporate jargon and thick academic prose

Genetic Literacy Project | 
For anyone who’s ever worked in a large organization, this kind of message will be depressingly familiar: “Do you have ...
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Genetics and race: An awkward conversation during volatile times

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Discussing inter-group divergence is largely taboo. So do we just ignore the deluge of data? ...
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How a rare bird and the coronavirus remind us that our safety depends on science—not wishful thinking

Genetic Literacy Project | 
There are worse places to spend a COVID-19 lockdown than next to a sanctuary with one of the world’s rarest ...
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Viewpoint: Darwin’s ‘Descent of Man’ is both deeply disturbing and more relevant than ever

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Charles Darwin’s Descent of Man is full of unexpected delights — such as the trio of hard drinking, chain-smoking koalas ...
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What’s ‘race’ got to do with it? Sub-Saharan Africa emerges as coronavirus ‘cold spot’, offering clues to develop COVID-19 vaccines

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Do diseases discriminate on the basis of 'race'—or their genetic population, using more precise terminology? On the surface, this may ...
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‘Warrior gene’: Some people may be genetically wired for aggressiveness. Should we do anything about it?

Genetic Literacy Project | 
“Some people have real problems right out of the starting block. We can't dodge the responsibility for social action." ...
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Viewpoint: Genetics can help us navigate the ‘toxic’ transgender debate in more compassionate ways

Genetic Literacy Project | 
If we are ever to untangle the nature/nurture knot, we need to find ways past the petty politicizing exemplified by ...
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Fighting climate change with gene editing: Can we slash cows’ methane production?

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Preventing ruminant methane from being produced in the first place seems a sensible way to limit its damaging effects ...
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Explaining the debate over GMOs—and what is or isn’t ‘natural’— through the genetics of chickens

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Chickens (and their eggs) provide a surprisingly down-to-earth illustration of the profound implications of the modern genetic revolution ...
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Maine, largest salmon farming state, won’t produce GMO AquAdvantage fish

Associated Press | 
Genetically engineered salmon is heading to store shelves in the U.S., but it won’t be coming from the biggest salmon ...
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How languages and genetics explain our origins and evolution

Genetic Literacy Project | 
The twists and turns of both language and genetics offer stunning insights into human history ...
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What spider genetics can tell us about evolutionary relationships and cut-throat competition

Genetic Literacy Project | 
What’s the most famous — or even the most infamous — spider in the world? The tarantula? The black widow? ...
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Learning about modern genetics through the long-extinct aurochs

Genetic Literacy Project | 
The world’s first reported instance of species extinction is also a good window on today’s genetic revolution ...
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What martyred Thomas Becket and his holy lice can teach us about evolution

Genetic Literacy Project | 
It’s a tale of murder, sex, and vermin. And gorillas. Reader discretion advised ...
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How Frankenstein and 200 years of horror stories have haunted the biotechnology revolution

Genetic Literacy Project | 
It was a dark and stormy night in 1818, when something sinister was loosed upon the world. Okay, so it ...
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National identity and what the genes of Aboriginal Australians tell us about ‘what it is to be human’

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Recent genetic research suggests that Aboriginal Australians have lived on their island continent for at least 50,000 years (with some ...

GMO labeling bill may be debated again in Maine

The Berkshire Eagle | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Supporters of a Maine ...
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