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From CRISPR gene-edited embryos to GMO crops, biotechnology is revolutionizing medicine and farming. Scientists are increasingly able to make targeted genetic tweaks to humans, plants and animals to combat our most urgent global challenges—including hunger, disease, aging and climate change. Sadly, scientific misinformation spreads like cancer through social media and partisan blogs. Where can you turn for trustworthy analysis of groundbreaking biotechnology innovations independent of ideological bias? Who can you trust? Join the Genetic Literacy Project and our world-renowned experts as we explore the brave new world of human genetics, biomedicine, farming and food.

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From CRISPR gene-edited embryos to GMO crops, biotechnology is revolutionizing medicine and farming. Scientists are increasingly able to make targeted genetic tweaks to humans, plants and animals to combat our most urgent global challenges—including hunger, disease, aging and climate change. Sadly, scientific misinformation spreads like cancer through social media and partisan blogs. Where can you turn for trustworthy analysis of groundbreaking biotechnology innovations independent of ideological bias? Who can you trust? Join the Genetic Literacy Project and our world-renowned experts as we explore the brave new world of human genetics, biomedicine, farming and food.

    GLP Podcast: ‘It’s banned in Europe’ fallacy, debunked; Conversation’s bad glyphosate article; Fighting pregnancy stress

    GLP Podcast: ‘It’s banned in Europe’ fallacy, debunked; Conversation’s bad glyphosate article; Fighting pregnancy stress

    If a pesticide is banned in Europe, does that make it dangerous? Nope. Typically an excellent source of science commentary, The Conversation recently published a terribly misleading article about the weed killer glyphosate. Pregnancy is a stress-inducing experience for the mother and the baby. What, if anything, can be done to mitigate the negative effects that come with bringing a child into the world?







    Join geneticist Kevin Folta and GLP contributor Cameron English on this episode of Science Facts and Fallacies as they break down these latest news stories:



    * Viewpoint: ‘It’s banned in Europe fallacy’ — How advocacy groups weaponize EU’s questionable ‘precautionary’ bans on genetic engineering and chemicals



    Anti-GMO and anti-vaccine arguments are, as a rule, patently false. To give their case a veneer of credibility, activists promoting these causes will often point out that biotech crops and certain vaccines are banned in this or that country, implying that these technologies must be dangerous. Why else would they have been banned? This assertion is little more than an appeal to authority, however. When you dig a little deeper, the claim falls apart.



    * 'Debate Rages Over Glyphosate'? The Conversation Publishes Terrible Roundup Article



    The Conversation publishes a wide variety of insightful scientific commentary. But no news outlet is perfect, and the typically pro-science website recently published a story filled with false and misleading claims about the weed killer glyphosate. What did the authors get wrong? Almost everything.



    * Pregnant women’s brains show troubling signs of stress – but feeling strong social support can break those patterns



    Everybody knows that pregnancy is stressful. But new research has yielded some useful biological insights that may help expecting parents and their support systems mitigate the challenging nine months they face. Stress plays an important adaptive role during pregnancy, the researchers noted, preparing "a pregnant woman to care for another human being." But in some cases, they found, stress can "hijack a period of change meant to allow for positive adaptations and instead open the door for anxiety problems."

























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    GLP Podcast: ‘Lefty’ anti-GMO groups embrace lab-leak story; Organic nutrition myths; CRISPR treats crippling disease

    GLP Podcast: ‘Lefty’ anti-GMO groups embrace lab-leak story; Organic nutrition myths; CRISPR treats crippling disease

    Anti-GMO groups have hitched their wagons to the COVID lab-leak hypothesis to keep their flagging agenda alive. Organic produce is still no safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced fruits and vegetables. Transthyretin amyloidosis is a rare and crippling genetic disorder caused by a misfolding protein. Thanks to CRISPR gene editing, it's days may be numbered.







    Join geneticist Kevin Folta and GLP contributor Cameron English on this episode of Science Facts and Fallacies as they break down these latest news stories:



    * Viewpoint: ‘Lefty food and farm’ group’s implacable opposition to genetic engineering imperils life-saving virus research, writes Mother Jones



    Scientists remain divided over the origins of SARS-COV-2, and several progressive anti-GMO groups have taken a side in the debate, asserting that the virus originated in a Chinese laboratory. There are open questions surrounding the pandemic's beginnings, and many experts have called for a thorough investigation, but the activists see an opportunity to bolster their broader anti-biotechnology agenda in the controversy. What effect could this have on important, and potentially life-saving, virology research?



    * Don’t believe the hype: Organic produce is not healthier than conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables



    The media continues to assert that organic produce is more nutritious, earth-friendly and safer than conventionally produced fruits and vegetables. Every one of these claims has been debunked, so why do we continue to see headlines to the contrary?



    * CRISPR milestone: Crippling transthyretin amyloidosis disease now treatable through gene editing, paving way for addressing other genetic diseases

























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    Dozens of deadly conditions are now treatable with CRISPR-ba...

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    GLP Podcast: Cell-based breast milk; Joe Mercola’s awful COVID book; More mRNA drugs coming soon?

    GLP Podcast: Cell-based breast milk; Joe Mercola’s awful COVID book; More mRNA drugs coming soon?

    Cell-based breast milk might offer mothers and babies a better alternative to expensive formula in the coming years. Alternative health champion Joseph Mercola has turned the COVID-19 pandemic into a lucrative, science-free marketing opportunity. Pharmaceutical companies used groundbreaking mRNA technology to develop coronavirus vaccines. Scientists are using the same platform to develop other important therapies, including cancer and flu vaccines.







    Join geneticist Kevin Folta and GLP contributor Cameron English on this episode of Science Facts and Fallacies as they break down these latest news stories:



    * Cell-based breast milk for mothers and babies inches towards reality







    Recent genetics research has shown that some mothers aren't able to breast freed, or at least can't produce enough milk to sustain their newborns. Using technology similar to that used to make lab-grown meat, a biotech startup is developing cell-based breast milk for individual women. In the coming years, the technology could offer mothers and babies a potentially better alternative to formula.



    * Viewpoint: Dr. Joseph Mercola’s war on mainstream medicine — ‘His take on the pandemic is a lucrative conspiratorial dream’



    Dr. Joe Mercola, champion of all things alternative health and vocal vaccine critic, has been very active over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside Organic Consumers' Association founder Ronnie Cummins, the physician-turned-supplement salesman has authored a book alleging that SARS-COV-2 is an engineered bioweapon the elites have used to expand their global influence. What's wrong this story? Almost everything. The bigger problem, however, is that figures like Mercola distract people from real problems that need to be addressed before the next pandemic comes along.

























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    * The mRNA biotechnology revolution unleashed by COVID vaccine breakthroughs is just beginning — and it will i...

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