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Alzheimer’s Research: Where We’ve Failed and What’s To Come

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Alzheimer’s disease is a rapidly growing public health crisis. Today an estimated 5.4 million Americans live with the disease and, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, stop or slow Alzheimer’s disease by 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may reach as high as 16 million people. What’s more, at a cost of $236 billion a year, Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the nation with an Read More >

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Let’s Be Thankful for Honeybees!


With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you’re probably starting to think about some of your favorite dishes. In the spirit of giving thanks, we’d like to shine a light on what makes many of our favorite holiday meals possible: honey bees. You probably know that honey bees play an important role in agriculture, but did you know just how many of our Thanksgiving favorites depend on honey bee pollination? Without honey bee pollination, we wouldn’t Read More >

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Scientists Open New Window into Pancreatic Cancer Research


For years, pancreatic cancer has been referred to as the “silent killer.” It is notoriously aggressive, resistant to treatment, and difficult to diagnose in the early stages when tumors are most treatable. Also, it’s location in the body, deep in the abdominal cavity right behind the stomach, makes it hard to detect. These are the primary reasons why it is the fourth deadliest cancer, and the five-year survival rate for those with stage IV pancreatic Read More >

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With an Eye on Hunger, Scientists See Promise in Genetic Tinkering of Plants


With Thanksgiving just a few days away, it’s important to remember that not everyone will be able to enjoy a big turkey meal. In fact, about 1 in 6 people in America face hunger. In 2015 alone, Feeding America reported that 42.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 29.1 million adults and 13.1 million children. Through genetic engineering, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are finding ways to tackle the hunger epidemic. Read More >

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What We’re Reading at GMO Answers

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Each month, GMO Answers compiles a few of our favorite news stories into one post on the GMO Answers website.  This post covers a wide variety of topics related to agriculture and biotechnology. This month’s installment is Halloween-themed, and starts off by correcting some of the most common myths about GMOs, and then addresses some specific issues about the sugar found in your candy.  The post then finishes up discussing the issue of “Frankenfoods,” along Read More >

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