Debunking 7 myths about the COVID vaccine

Debunking 7 myths about the COVID vaccine

[W]idespread immunization is the fastest and best way to begin to return to a more normal way of life. Seven ...
Viewpoint: Free speech vs science—Should colleges invite anti-GMO speakers they 'know' spread misinformation?

Viewpoint: Free speech vs science—Should colleges invite anti-GMO speakers they ‘know’ spread misinformation?

In the face of climate change, the expectation for evidence is doubled because of the dramatic implications ...
COVID shots and "The Mark of the Beast'? Battling religious vaccine misinformation

COVID shots and “The Mark of the Beast’? Battling religious vaccine misinformation

The Book of Revelation describes the End Time as a bloody battle filled with persecution, during which a beast forces ...
Part 2: Why is Africa the global COVID-19 'cold spot'? — The historical challenge of disentangling genes and environment

Part 2: Why is Africa the global COVID-19 ‘cold spot’? — The historical challenge of disentangling genes and environment

Does greater prior exposure to pathogens, including other recent coronaviruses, help explain why Africa is a COVID-19 cold spot, despite ...
Evolution of literacy: How Protestantism and the Bible rewired Medieval brains

Evolution of literacy: How Protestantism and the Bible rewired Medieval brains

Of course, writing systems are thousands of years old, found in ancient Sumer, China, and Egypt, but in most literate ...
Podcast: Sierra Club endorses biotech chestnut tree; GM salmon coming this April? Downside of genetic engineering

Podcast: Sierra Club endorses biotech chestnut tree; GM salmon coming this April? Downside of genetic engineering

Historically a vocal opponent of genetically engineered crops, the Sierra Club has endorsed the release of a disease-resistant, genetically modified ...
Viewpoint: ‘No added hormones’? How food labels can be technically accurate but still misleading

Viewpoint: ‘No added hormones’? How food labels can be technically accurate but still misleading

Terms like 'GMO-free' and 'raised without hormones or antibiotics' are just some of the labels used on food products, and ...
Navigating advertising landmines on the path to egg freezing

Navigating advertising landmines on the path to egg freezing

More women in the UK than ever before are considering freezing their eggs, with the sharp rise in inquiries at ...
Viewpoint: Gene-edited crop developers need to win public trust. Transparency is how they can do it

Viewpoint: Gene-edited crop developers need to win public trust. Transparency is how they can do it

In 2009, the genome editing tool CRISPR was introduced, which allows scientists to edit the DNA of organisms such as ...
‘Spread like wildfire’: Conspiracy theories undermining COVID vaccine efforts spreading from Western countries to Africa

‘Spread like wildfire’: Conspiracy theories undermining COVID vaccine efforts spreading from Western countries to Africa

Anti-vaccine sentiment, often fed by rumours spread on social media, is already thriving in the West. But a similar dynamic ...
‘Bridging that gap between scientists and ordinary folks’: How storytelling combats anti-GMO advocacy

‘Bridging that gap between scientists and ordinary folks’: How storytelling combats anti-GMO advocacy

Many Africans still don’t understand scientists, or what they do. Scientists are widely seen as aloof and detached — a ...
Viewpoint: New York Times' Nicholas Kristof again echoes scientifically dubious fears about falling sperm counts and ‘endocrine disrupting’ chemicals

Viewpoint: New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof again echoes scientifically dubious fears about falling sperm counts and ‘endocrine disrupting’ chemicals

The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof has shown an admirable commitment over the years towards highlighting under-reported stories. He fights ...
Playing ‘wait and see’ with the COVID vaccine? Here’s the variety of reasons why people report hesitancy

Playing ‘wait and see’ with the COVID vaccine? Here’s the variety of reasons why people report hesitancy

31% of the public say that when an FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19 is available to them for free, they will ...
Urine test to detect glyphosate weedkiller is a marketing 'hoax,' French farmers say

Urine test to detect glyphosate weedkiller is a marketing ‘hoax,’ French farmers say

Are the Elisa tests used by environmental associations to analyze the level of glyphosate present in urine .... reliable? No, ...
'Wait and see?' 41% of Black women have reservations about COVID shots, 50% of African Americans don’t trust US healthcare system

‘Wait and see?’ 41% of Black women have reservations about COVID shots, 50% of African Americans don’t trust US healthcare system

The latest from the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor finds that Black men (45%) and women (41%) are more likely than ...
‘False paradigm’: Pitting organic and conventional farming against each other won’t promote sustainability, says GLP's Jon Entine at USDA Ag Outlook Forum

‘False paradigm’: Pitting organic and conventional farming against each other won’t promote sustainability, says GLP’s Jon Entine at USDA Ag Outlook Forum

Interest groups have become so hardened in their views about which types of agriculture benefit the environment that the fact ...
Can anything be done to counter anti-vaccination activists?

Can anything be done to counter anti-vaccination activists?

Recently, anti-vaxxers protests shut down the mass vaccination program underway at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. In Israel, the global poster child ...
Bill Gates under fire for urging wealthy countries to give up beef and switch to synthetic meat

Bill Gates under fire for urging wealthy countries to give up beef and switch to synthetic meat

The Microsoft founder-turned-global health philanthropist [Bill Gates] discusses ways to tackle climate change in his new book, “How to Avoid ...
Politics and COVID: Why are Republicans more hesitant to get the vaccine?

Politics and COVID: Why are Republicans more hesitant to get the vaccine?

Unfortunately, a partisan split on receiving a Covid-19 vaccine has reemerged and widened over the last few months. This partisan ...
Viewpoint: Tanzania’s anti-vaxxer president is slowing COVID response and endangering lives

Viewpoint: Tanzania’s anti-vaxxer president is slowing COVID response and endangering lives

In politics, there are generally two ways of making decisions. The first is evidence-based, weighing the pros and cons and ...
COVID vaccine hesitancy vs vaccine refusal? Many nursing home staff take a wait-and-see position

COVID vaccine hesitancy vs vaccine refusal? Many nursing home staff take a wait-and-see position

In North Carolina, the health secretary has said more than half of nursing home workers are declining the vaccine. A ...
‘They will turn into alligators’: Evangelical Christian missionaries turning Amazon villages against COVID vaccines

‘They will turn into alligators’: Evangelical Christian missionaries turning Amazon villages against COVID vaccines

On the São Francisco reservation in the state of Amazonas, Jamamadi villagers sent health workers [arriving with COVID vaccines] packing ...
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Top 10 biotech propagandizers: Who are the science deniers and snake oil peddlers undermining science in agriculture and medicine?

Anti-science beliefs are proliferating, particularly on the biotechnology and genetics front, covering a range of issues from vaccine denialism to ...
Viewpoint: Promoting science with ideology — Pro-GMO vegans use animal rights advocacy to boost vaccine, biotech acceptance

Viewpoint: Promoting science with ideology — Pro-GMO vegans use animal rights advocacy to boost vaccine, biotech acceptance

The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that we are part of a living, evolving ecosystem and often at its mercy ...
Protection, Kansas was the first town in the nation to be fully vaccinated against polio. Now it’s an epicenter of vaccine skepticism.

Protection, Kansas was the first town in the nation to be fully vaccinated against polio. Now it’s an epicenter of vaccine skepticism.

Sixty-four years ago, residents of this tiny town in southwestern Kansas set a public health example by making it the ...
Viewpoint: 'Terminator seeds'—the anti-GMO bogeyman that never existed

Viewpoint: ‘Terminator seeds’—the anti-GMO bogeyman that never existed

Although GMO sterile 'terminator' seeds never existed, the idea has distorted the discussion for decades ...
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. banned from Instagram for spreading vaccine misinformation and COVID conspiracy theories

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. banned from Instagram for spreading vaccine misinformation and COVID conspiracy theories

Instagram on [February 10] took down the account of controversial anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. "We removed this account ...
COVID vaccine misinformation threatens coronavirus response in Africa

COVID vaccine misinformation threatens coronavirus response in Africa

Immunization experts in Africa have decried the lack of a deliberate effort to counter misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. ‘‘As far ...
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