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Third GMO Arctic Apple Gets USDA Approval

A third genetically-modified (GMO) apple was commercially approved last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).<p>The Arctic Fuji apple from …

GM crops—lessons from medicine

Earlier this year, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences released a report on genetically engineered crops that is comprehensive but offers few …

Medicine

Genetically modified mosquitoes could wipe out the world's most deadly viruses. If we let them.

Five Things to Know About the New GMO Labeling Bill

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill requiring large food companies to label products containing genetically modified …

Agriculture

New Way to Boost Crop Production Doesn’t Rely on GMOs or Pesticides - MIT Technology Review

A new treatment for cotton seeds draws on beneficial microbes that live inside plants—much like the good bacteria in our own guts—to help the crops …

Agriculture

Obama Signs Bill Mandating GMO Labeling

A bill that creates a federal labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified ingredients (commonly called GMOs) was signed into law by …

Barack Obama

The Guardian view on GM cotton: handle with care

Neither miracle nor catastrophe, GM crops must be priced for the benefit of farmers<p>The arguments about GM crops show the folly of trying to understand technology as if it stood outside political and economic power. There is nothing intrinsically wicked about manipulating genes directly, rather than …

Could Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Save Hawaii’s Endangered Birds?

Every four years, thousands of environmentalists gather at the World Conservation Congress to assess the state of the planet, and to consider what might be done to protect it. This year’s meeting ends Saturday, and the news this past week, with a few exceptions, has not been cheerful. Four of the …

Genetics

World’s First CRISPR Meal Eaten by a Researcher

The world’s very first CRISPR meal was eaten by a researcher recently. It consisted of a vegetable fry topping on a bed of pasta.<p>Plants changed by …

These Tools Will Help You Become A More Persuasive Writer

Everybody writes. No matter what you are doing in life, you need to communicate with other people. Whether it’s a personal email to your friend or a formal proposal for your business, you want to persuade people to take action.<p>Throughout the years I developed a writing routine and found useful …

Infographics

GMOs Could Save Your Life—They Might Have Already

The shadow of the Zika virus hangs over the Rio Olympic Games, with visitors and even high-profile athletes citing worries about Zika as a reason to …

Public Health

Writing Habits that Will Improve Your Productivity in 2016

If you spend enough time staring at a blank page it will, much like Nietzsche’s abyss, start staring back at you. What happens during the staring …

Creative Writing

Why women are smarter than men

Trying to compare intelligence and gender doesn't typically yield much in the way of productive discussion, but sometimes research comes along that's worth opening this particular can of worms.<p>Decades of research show unequivocally that men and women are equal in general intelligence (IQ), but that …

Emotional Intelligence

Scientists Say This Strategy Can Help You Learn Anything Fast

We've been studying all wrong.<p>In his book <i>Fluent Forever</i>, opera singer Gabriel Wyner suggests that one of the best ways to learn a new language is to …

Scientists have discovered how your brain wakes you up

The smells of coffee and breakfast foods have long been credited for rousing even the sleepiest of heads out of their beds, but now, scientists …

Norwegian Biotech Company Flags Evidence for Efficacy of ‘Kick and Kill’ HIV Treatment

Bionor Pharma says its technique reduced size of latent HIV reservoir by average of 40% across 17 patients<p>A small Norwegian biotechnology firm said Monday it had the first evidence of real promise in a new approach widely considered to be a potential cure for HIV, prompting both cautious optimism …

Biotechnology

How machine learning helps biologists crack life’s secrets

<i>This article is published in collaboration with The Conversation.</i><p>Once the three-billion-letter-long human genome was sequenced, we rushed into a new …

Machine Learning