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Anti-GMO Activists' Campaign Against Biotech in Africa Can Cause Serious Damage

Amy Porterfield Levy | Posted 11.12.2015 | Green
Amy Porterfield Levy

If you're living on the edge of famine, you may not be able to afford a squash pot, or even seeds. But when you're an American elitist, eager to reject the idea that a vitamin-fortified crop could rescue children from the tragic effects of malnutrition, you go to the edge of reason and fall off.

In Ethiopia, a Hunger for Science

Stella Salvo | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Stella Salvo

There are hundreds of stories I could tell from my recent trip to Ethiopia four months ago-- stories of similarities and differences, of opportunity and challenges. But I want to focus here on the reason for my trip and what I hope I accomplished.

The Public Must Speak Up About Genome Editing -- Beyond Embryo Modification

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Silvia Camporesi

The recent call by U.S. scientists for a temporary pause "in the application of germ-line modification for clinical application in humans while the implications of such activity are discussed" has added a new intensity to the debate and reveals a potential bioethical divide between the US and the UK.

Farmers Are the Musicians of the Earth

Joni Kamiya | Posted 09.15.2015 | Hawaii
Joni Kamiya

Longevity runs in our genes and a few weeks ago, our family celebrated the 100th birthday of a great uncle. As part of his birthday celebration, we were treated to an Okinawan taiko performance.

Scientists Use DNA 'Velcro' To Print Human Tissue In The Lab

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 09.04.2015 | Science

We need more organs. At any given moment, more than 123,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant. Each year, 6,500 of them die for...

Ecomodernism -- As Overly Optimistic About the Future as the Doom-and-Gloomers Are Overly Pessimistic

David Ropeik | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
David Ropeik

More than once in China, under a gloaming pall of poisonously polluted air I have watched oceans of people flood the streets and shops of Beijing or Chengdu or Guangzhou acquiring the material goods that they hope might improve their lives, and thought to myself "We're screwed. The earth just can't handle this."

A Glowing Plant: The First Fruit of 'Digitized' Genetic Engineering

Techonomy | Posted 06.04.2015 | Technology

Image via Glowing Plant By Antony Evans Synthetic biology is entering an exciting new phase. An ecosystem of companies is now developing services t...

Biodiversity and Biotechnology: Equal Partners in Sustainable Development

Stella Salvo | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Stella Salvo

History has shown that poverty and famine can lead to war and civil uproar. Indeed there are factors out of the control of a scientist like myself.

Bad DNA? Not a Problem For Much Longer

Charlotte Fitzek | Posted 05.18.2015 | Science
Charlotte Fitzek

before Gattaca becomes more than just science fiction, lawmakers, physicians, geneticists, and ethicists -- the global community -- must engage in some honest discussions about when we put the brakes on gene experimentation and alteration.

Who Will Save the Savior Sibling?

Maura Dickey | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Maura Dickey

If we are going to treat children as if they are merely made of harvestable parts, then we should also establish legal standards that provide an independent advocate for the savior sibling.

After the Biofuel Fail, Does Synthetic Biology Have a Future?

Bryan Johnson | Posted 06.28.2015 | Technology
Bryan Johnson

Synthetic biology will be the future of manufacturing, engineering and medicine. But for now, there's nothing wrong with focusing on start-ups that will generate revenue while moving up the complexity curve faster and more predictably than anyone else.

A Thousand Angry Women Say No to Genetically Engineered Trees

Rachel Smolker | Posted 06.20.2015 | Green
Rachel Smolker

An open letter from Brazilian civil society was delivered, a supporting letter came from international groups. All in all, more than 100,000 protest letters made the resistance and opposition to GE trees loud and clear. But Brazil did not heed.

Crystal Ball 2015: Top 4 Hot Investments, with 4 Investor Alerts.

Natalie Pace | Posted 03.27.2015 | Money
Natalie Pace

Here are my predictions for 2015, to make your year rich in returns and light on costly mistakes.

Community College Networks for Biotech Education

Dr. Gary M. Green | Posted 03.07.2015 | College
Dr. Gary M. Green

Speaking to the Southern Governors Association in August 2014, former President Bill Clinton articulated his theme for economic development: "Everywh...

GMOs. When Minds Are Still Open Civil Debate Can Give the Facts a Say in How People Feel

David Ropeik | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
David Ropeik

There are also plenty of people willing to find out more before they make up their minds, and who are willing to keep an open mind and carefully think things through. That is crucial if society is to make intelligent choices on a wide range of issues, beyond GMOs.

CRISPR Opportunities ... For What? And for Whom?

Pete Shanks | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Pete Shanks

Money and deals are flowing into companies that promise to edit genes. Human, animal, plant, all kinds of DNA may be on the cutting board. And once the replacements are pasted in, the results could dramatically change our lives -- for better or for worse.

Healthier Soils Will Give Us - and the Planet -- a Healthier Century

Dr. Robert T. Fraley | Posted 02.07.2015 | Science
Dr. Robert T. Fraley

The soil clearly must be protected, and to do that, we need to understand it. But we're making great strides now, and they're going to make agriculture more productive and sustainable -- better for us and the earth.

The Vagina Bio-Hack That Wasn't: How Two 'Startup Bros' Twisted the 'Sweet Peach' Mission

Jessica Cussins | Posted 01.26.2015 | Technology
Jessica Cussins

There's nothing inspiring or empowering about two male CEOs taking credit for a young woman's work while twisting the entire purpose from being about reproductive health to being little more than a joke. But a 20-year-old ultrafeminist scientist who's about to launch her own company? That will be something to watch.

Molokai: A Community Comes Together in the Face of Adversity

Joni Kamiya | Posted 12.27.2014 | Hawaii
Joni Kamiya

The issue at hand is about people, and not about corporations. This is about our Hawaii roots... The roots that were started in agriculture!

Fear Mongering Could Keep Life-Saving Drugs Out of Reach for American Families

Jessica Stone | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Jessica Stone

Biologic creators have disingenuously argued that it's a matter of safety and "sound science" that biosimilars should have unique names. This couldn't be further from the truth.

Cloning Fraud on the Silver Screen

Pete Shanks | Posted 12.03.2014 | Science
Pete Shanks

The stem-cell disgrace of Korean cloning fraudster Hwang Woo-suk has now inspired a movie. Whistle Blower opened in Korea this week. Names have been changed, and it's presented as fiction, but no one is even pretending it's not about the scientific "scandal of the century" that unfolded between 2004 and 2006.

Biotechnology's Response to the Burgeoning Medical-Marijuana Industry

David Drake | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
David Drake

Legal sales of marijuana have already reached $2.6 billion so far this year. Most estimates predict sales from medical marijuana will likely reach $3...

Science Advice? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Science Advice!

David Ropeik | Posted 10.14.2014 | Green
David Ropeik

In 2011, in response to a growing number of controversial risk issues that required scientific expertise beyond the abilities of most government officials, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and the European Commission took a daring chance.

Ecover, Come Clean About Using Extreme Genetic Engineering in Your Products

Erich Pica | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Erich Pica

Following in the footsteps of the chemical industry, the synthetic-biology industry is rushing its untested products to market before there is any regulation, oversight or even scientific understanding of the impacts this technology could have on ecosystems and human health.

Selling Stem Cells Honestly

Pete Shanks | Posted 09.06.2014 | Science
Pete Shanks

Scientists around the world are campaigning in favor of sensible regulation of stem-cell therapies. The recent conference of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) opened with a panel discussion about how to sort the real from the bogus treatments.