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Are GE Mosquitos REALLY Scarier Than the Non-Modified Disease-Carrying Kind?

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Florida health officials and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced last week that the state’s 14 new cases of the Zika virus were spread via mosquito-borne transmission.  The announcement prompted the CDC to issue an unprecedented travel warning for the Miami area. The advisory extends to all expectant mothers, and women planning on becoming pregnant who have traveled to a one-square-mile area north of downtown Miami – including Wynwood, Midtown and the Design District Read More >

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Jeffrey Smith: “Our ultimate goal, to eliminate GMOs”

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A post on the Food Science Institute blog details how anti-GMO activist Jeffrey Smith admits that his goal was never to give consumers more information about GMOs through a mandatory labeling program. Referencing Presidential action on Friday, July 29 – when President Obama signed into law S. 764, which directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard – Smith says: “Although this is clearly a defeat in our campaigns Read More >

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Humans once opposed coffee and refrigeration; Why we often hate new stuff

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Humans have a habit of stalling their own progress, writes Steven Overly for The Washington Post. From coffee to mechanical refrigeration to genetically altered food, history is littered with innovations that sparked resistance before becoming fixtures in everyday life. In hindsight, opposition to innovations such as mechanical farm equipment or recorded music may seem ludicrous. But the past 600 years of human history help explain why humans often oppose new technologies and why that pattern Read More >

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Dolly’s Clones Turn 9 Years Old and Are “Perfectly Healthy”

The Washington Post ran an article July 26 by reporter Rachel Feltman on the offspring of the famous “Dolly the Sheep,” the world’s first animal clone.  Dolly’s legacy and her four cloned offspring are helping researchers better understand the science of animal cloning and how it could lead to breakthroughs in the human health arena: When Dolly the sheep was born 20 years ago, the University of Edinburgh’s famous girl was the first mammal created Read More >

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Science Committee Hearing Examines the “Science of Zika”

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From yellow fever, to dengue fever, to Nile Virus – humans are constantly under siege from new mosquito-transmitted diseases.” – House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing to examine the science of the Zika virus and the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the disease. During the “Science of Zika: The DNA of an Epidemic,” experts testified on the science Read More >

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