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Owen Paterson: 'The Green Blob' is threatening lives in Africa

Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will attack EU and Greenpeace over opposition to GM crops<p><b>Owen Paterson, the former environment secretary</b>, will this week accuse the European Union and Greenpeace of condemning people in the developing world to death by refusing to accept genetically …

The mummified monk inside a Buddha statue

A recent study on a Chinese Buddha statue carried out in the Netherlands revealed a startling discovery - the statue contains the mummified remains …

I'm gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too

"I wouldn't even choose for myself to be gay," a friend once told me. It was a sad admission, because she was.<p>Once upon a time, of course, "gay" …

LGBTQI

Scientists Map the Epigenome, Our Second Genetic Code

Genetics

White people: Don’t get offended on Margaret Cho’s behalf

Margaret Cho talks to Salon about Asians on TV, “Fresh Off the Boat” and her infamous North Korea Golden Globes gag<p>"The biggest story in Hollywood this year was when North Korea threatened an attack if Sony released 'The Interview,' forcing us all to pretend we wanted to see it."<p>It was one of the …

Comedy

Obama: Supreme Court 'About To Make A Shift' On Gay Marriage

President Barack Obama predicted Tuesday that the Supreme Court is "about to make a shift" on same-sex marriage, a change he says he welcomes.<p>"My sense is that the Supreme Court is about to make a shift, one that I welcome, which is to recognize that -- having hit a critical mass of states that …

Same-sex Marriage

Survival for some endangered species hinges on 'Frozen Zoo'

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — Whenever an endangered animal dies at the San Diego Zoo, researchers race out, regardless of the hour, to remove its sperm or eggs, maybe a bit of ear or eyeball, and carefully freeze the cells in liquid nitrogen.<p>Today, the survival of the northern white rhinoceros and …

Endangered Species

Don’t let science fall victim to ignorance on DNA transfer IVF

The 'three-parent child’ label is being used to inflame controversy ahead of a crucial vote, but the technique is little different from red blood cell transfusion<p>I despair at the notion of a “three-parent child”. The idea is nonsense. But it is being used to cause such controversy that a promising …

Genetics

You don’t have a soul: The real science that debunks superstitious charlatans

Trust science, not myth: Religious hucksters with claims of immortal souls are lying. Let’s embrace reality<p><i>Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know</i> …

Consciousness

The 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world

God is seldom great. These dubious concepts promote conflict, cruelty and suffering rather than love and peace<p>Some of humanity’s technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend to …

Religion

Scientists Design Biological Safety Switch For GMOs

In a bid to reduce the risk of genetically modified organisms escaping into the environment and disturbing natural ecosystems, two groups of …

Biology

'Designer babies' debate should start, scientists say

<b>Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.</b><p>Dr Tony Perry, a pioneer in cloning, has announced precise DNA editing at the moment of conception in mice.<p>He said huge advances in the past two years meant …

Genetics

On gay rights, Vietnam is now more progressive than much of the US

BANGKOK — US politicians of all stripes are fond of condemning Vietnam’s poor human rights record. As one US Senator from Arkansas puts it, America …

LGBTQI

The problem with “Je Suis Charlie”: That kind of solidarity comes with baggage

Supporting the victims of violence shouldn’t need to mean unequivocally supporting their message<p>The horrific summary execution of a dozen members of the editorial staff of the French satiric magazine Charlie Hebdo has drawn nearly global outrage and grief. Commentators have been quick to file …

Religion