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Jon Entine is founder and director of the independent grant-funded Genetic Literacy Project, and a senior fellow at the World Food Center Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy at the University of California-Davis. He has been a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute since 2002.

Entine writes for academic and popular publications around the world and is a frequent television and radio commentator on business issues, including CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Fox Business, NPR, and BBC. He has written and edited seven books, including two on population genetics and two on agriculture.

Before launching his consulting and writing career, Entine spent 19 years as a network television news producer, winning more than twenty awards including Emmys for specials on the reform movements in China and the Soviet Union. He has produced news magazine programs at ABC News and CBS News, an entertainment special for NBC on the Miss America Pageant, and was Tom Brokaw’s long-time producer at NBC News, where he was also the executive-in-charge of documentaries.

In 1989, Brokaw and Entine collaborated to write and produce Black Athletes: Fact and Fiction, named Best International Sports Film of 1989). It led to his best-selling book, Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We are Afraid to Talk About It (Public Affairs, 2000), which was reissued in 2007.

Entine graduated from Trinity College (Hartford) in 1974 with a degree in philosophy and earned a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Journalism at the University of Michigan in 1981-1982. He is on the board of Sense About Science-US and the Jewish Community Relations Council in Cincinnati, where he resides.

Entries by Jon Entine

Anatomy Of A Smear Attack on GMO Supporting Scientists

(40) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 12:59 PM

This post was co-written with Val Giddings

Recently on the Huffington Post we came across a disturbing article - an attack by Jeffrey Smith on two respected university professors who apply a critical eye to the claims made by various advocates alleging dangers to human health linked to...

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Were Ancient Mystics Onto Something? Review Of Norman Doidge's "The Brain's Way of Healing"

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 11:49 AM

Review by Judith Glaser and Jon Entine of Norman Doidge's The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity
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At the age of 18 months, Will was showing autistic like...

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'Neonics Not Key Driver of Bee Deaths'--USDA Study May Clash With White House Poised to Restrict Pesticide

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 12:26 AM

Even as a special White House created task force is poised any day now to address concerns over supposedly vanishing honeybees, new research suggests that the very premise of the federal investigation may be misplaced.

Last summer, President Obama asked the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate conflicting reports...

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Evolution's Deadly Tradeoffs? Diseases That Can Kill Us May Also Save Lives And Increase IQ

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 1:05 PM

What if you were told that diseases--even life threatening ones--can be a good thing, at least for some people

Is it possible that some of the maladies that plague us have helped humans survive and even thrive through evolutionary history?

Could it be that mutant genes may actually make endogamous...

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AAAS Scientists: Consensus on GMO Safety Firmer Than For Human-Induced Climate Change

(49) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 2:10 PM

In sharp contrast to public views about GMOs, 89% of scientists believe genetically modified foods are safe.

That's the most eye-opening finding in a Pew Research Center study on science literacy, undertaken in cooperation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and released on January 29.

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"Eco-Warrior" Vandana Shiva, at $40,000 a Speech, Rejoins Hawaii Anti-GMO Crusade, But Truth Is the Victim

(26) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 12:34 PM

She's baaack, and it's not good news for science literacy, farmers and food-minded Hawaiians.

I'm referring to Vandana Shiva, the Indian anti-GMO crusader who kicked off a five-day blitz through Hawaii with a talk-and-music fest at the Capitol Building on Wednesday.

It's a grand tour, marked by private fund-raising pitches...

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Bee Experts Dismantle Touted 'Harvard' Neonics-Colony Collapse Disorder Study As 'Activist Science'

(23) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 6:45 PM

Chensheng Lu was in his element last month at a speech before a green group at Harvard Law School. The School of Public Health professor was lecturing on his favorite topic--his only subject these days, as it has become his obsession: why he believes bees around the world...

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As Ebola Deaths Climb, Organic Activists Line Up Against Medical Cure

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 3:52 PM

As the death toll from Ebola continues to rise, especially in the hard-hit West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the need for a viable treatment or cure is growing increasingly urgent.

Fears that the pandemic might escalate have prompted the World Health Organization (WHO)...

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Let's (Cautiously) Celebrate the "New Eugenics"

(8) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 3:05 PM

It's a subject doctors, health providers and medical experts are discussing feverishly, but often quietly: whether parents should undergo genetic tests, either before conception or after, to determine if their unborn child might have a serious genetic disorder. Hanging over the debate is the specter of eugenics--fears that the ability...

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GMO Opponents File Suit to Block EPA Approved Enlist Duo Weed Killer

(4) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 7:38 PM

The Natural Resources Defense Council became the first environmental group to file suit in an attempt to block the rollout of the latest GMO crop and weed killer system, Enlist Duo, developed by Dow AgroSciences.

The genetically modified corn and soybean system was approved Wednesday by the Environmental Protection...

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Shale Gas Study Showing Minimal Methane Leakage Exposes Rifts in Enviro Movement

(5) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 10:00 AM

A new Environmental Defense Fund-University of Texas methane gas study has exposed deepening rifts in the environmental movement over the future of natural gas.

One of the central tenets of anti-shale gas activists -- such as green campaigner Bill McKibben, NGO's like Environmental Working Group or websites...

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New York Times Mum After Congressional Budget Office Rebukes Bungled Amgen/Medicare Investigation

(5) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 3:41 PM

In a sharp rebuke of a New York Times investigation, an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that a last-minute provision added to the early January "fiscal cliff" bill could save taxpayers as much as $4 billion--rather than costing $500 million, as the Times had claimed.

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Silent Spring, BPA and Toxic Health Scares: Let Science Drive Regulation, Not Fear

(7) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 12:00 PM

The term "political science" used to mean public policy studied not just as opinion but based on empirical, documentable evidence. Today it's come to mean something darker--the subversion of science in the hands of ideologues committed to manipulating public policy to their end. This new, and disheartening use of the...

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End Game on Bisphenol A? Have we reached a tipping point on the science of this ubiquitous chemical?

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 1:31 PM

When the tide begins to turn, it flushes fish into deeper waters and a feeding frenzy begins. It happens in scientific controversies, too, when the consensus changes and the old guard panics. We've seen that scenario play out in the near hysterical Republican denial of climate change. It's now happening...

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BPA Dilemma: NRDC Vs. California Vs. Science

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 3:31 PM

When you can't win on the evidence, invoke the law and pray the web mob will carry the water for you. Unfortunately, that has been the strategy of activists when science policy is in play.

The US Chamber of Commerce has used this tactic to thwart regulatory...

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Faces Ethics Questions Over Award-Winning BPA Reporting

(12) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 7:00 PM

In an era of partisan journalism, there has been a presumption that at least one area of reporting, science, was insulated from blatant bias. After all, there are facts, and it's presumably easy to identify when data is being cooked. But that's naive, and a brewing ethical brouhaha at the...

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Frog Day Afternoon: Choose Science Over Politics to Conserve the Endangered Amphibian Population

(6) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 10:36 AM

It's not a good time to be a frog. The dodo was just one species of bird when it went the way of T-Rex. But according to some conservation scientists, we may be in an early stage of the extinction of an entire class of animals -- amphibians, including frogs,...

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Plastic Wars: Science Loses in Renewed Campaign Against Plasticizers

(26) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 10:06 AM

No, this is not a story about great deals on credit cards, although it does entail squandering money. It's about plying on consumer fears. And it's about science literacy -- the danger of making public policy based on out-of-context facts and ideology.

Consider the latest salvo in the advocacy campaign...

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Scared to Death: Toxic Debate Over Chemicals Threatens Risk-Based Regulations

(26) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 11:43 AM

The health-scare headline of the week: "Americans found to have twice as much bisphenol A in their bodies as Canadians."

BPA, as it is known, is a widely-used chemical found in baby bottles, containers, CDs, car dashboards and even in dental sealants. A new survey finds that...

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With the European Union and a Slew of New Studies Reaffirming the Safety of BPA, At What Point Will the Science Prevail?

(19) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 2:36 PM

Maybe the journalism consensus has it wrong.

A few weeks ago, a story flashed across my computer screen about bisphenol A, the plastic additive better known by its initialism BPA. European food safety scientists had been asked on an emergency basis to look into a study that it caused...

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