The case for public investment in alternative proteins

The case for public investment in alternative proteins

The United States currently consumes more meat per capita than any other country. In the past decade, however, the US ...
Impossible Food's GM ingredient that gives its meatless burgers their meaty taste upheld as 'safe' by federal court, rejecting Center for Food Safety suit

Impossible Food’s GM ingredient that gives its meatless burgers their meaty taste upheld as ‘safe’ by federal court, rejecting Center for Food Safety suit

When the Center for Food Safety brought the approval of Impossible Foods' heme ingredient to the federal courts, its reasoning ...
‘If cats and dogs made up their own country, they would rank fifth in meat consumption.’ Cell-based meat poised to cut pet food industry’s carbon footprint

‘If cats and dogs made up their own country, they would rank fifth in meat consumption.’ Cell-based meat poised to cut pet food industry’s carbon footprint

If cats and dogs made up their own country, they would rank fifth in terms of meat consumption, according to ...
Podcast: Pig and cow organs for human transplant? From valves to tendons, xenotransplanted animal parts are common, but so is rejection due to alpha gal meat allergies. Gene-altered pigs could change that

Podcast: Pig and cow organs for human transplant? From valves to tendons, xenotransplanted animal parts are common, but so is rejection due to alpha gal meat allergies. Gene-altered pigs could change that

[A recent] episode covered Alpha Gal Syndrome, the tick-induced allergy to beef and pork.  The same immunological response could also ...
‘Alternative proteins doesn’t mean adopting a vegan diet’: A vegan makes the case for the meatless meat revolution

‘Alternative proteins doesn’t mean adopting a vegan diet’: A vegan makes the case for the meatless meat revolution

About a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions are traceable to the food supply chain. Animal agriculture accounts for about three-quarters of those emissions ...
Robotic farming: How artificial intelligence (AI) is taking precision farming to another level

Robotic farming: How artificial intelligence (AI) is taking precision farming to another level

Labor costs, climate change and growing food demand are ushering in an era of machine modernization across the nation’s agricultural ...
Florida Atlantic salmon? Recirculating aquaculture systems without antibodies or vaccinations poised to spur boom in in-land fish farming

Florida Atlantic salmon? Recirculating aquaculture systems without antibodies or vaccinations poised to spur boom in in-land fish farming

In a series of indoor tanks 40 miles south west of Miami, Florida, five million fish are swimming in circles ...
Some Florida Key residents incensed about pending release of Zika- and malaria-stopping GMO mosquitoes, but others believe cutting-edge science will help control health menace

Some Florida Key residents incensed about pending release of Zika- and malaria-stopping GMO mosquitoes, but others believe cutting-edge science will help control health menace

Oxitec will release half a billion gene-hacked mosquitoes, engineered to kill off the local bloodsucker population along a lengthy swathe ...
Viewpoint: Genetically modified mosquito release ‘represents the best of what public-private collaborations can do’

Viewpoint: Genetically modified mosquito release ‘represents the best of what public-private collaborations can do’

10 years after the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) first invited Oxitec to the Keys, and in efforts to ...
Why are Artificial Intelligence (AI) robots and voices almost all women? And what does that say about our culture?

Why are Artificial Intelligence (AI) robots and voices almost all women? And what does that say about our culture?

With the proliferation of female robots such as Sophia and the popularity of female virtual assistants such as Siri (Apple), Alexa ...
Can CRISPR gene editing help address climate change while producing lower impact biofuels?

Can CRISPR gene editing help address climate change while producing lower impact biofuels?

Biofuels have long been proposed as the alternative fuel source of the future. Despite these high hopes, the commercialisation of ...
No, President Biden is not gunning to ruin your Memorial Day Weekend and ban hamburgers (as rightwing politicians and media allege)

No, President Biden is not gunning to ruin your Memorial Day Weekend and ban hamburgers (as rightwing politicians and media allege)

[A]ll Republicans want to talk about right now is meat, and how Joe Biden is planning to limit you to ...
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Podcast: NatGeo promotes pesticide fears; How weed affects your brain; Real-life Jurassic Park?

Despite its long history as a reputable science magazine, National Geographic has recently embraced simplistic narratives about the environmental impact ...
Fermentation and sustainability: Synthetic biology poised to bring us dairy-free milk and cheese that taste like the real thing

Fermentation and sustainability: Synthetic biology poised to bring us dairy-free milk and cheese that taste like the real thing

Fermentation​ is a type of biotechnology that uses microorganisms to create a chemical change that can produce food additives and ...
‘For the benefit of all’: Why governments should play a ‘critical role’ in funding biotechnology research

‘For the benefit of all’: Why governments should play a ‘critical role’ in funding biotechnology research

Governments should invest in gene editing research to avoid profiteering by large multinationals at the expense of farmers, Farmers Union ...
Viewpoint: ‘Consumer activist’ concerns over Florida proposal to use gene drives to extirpate Zika-carrying mosquitoes is thinly veiled anti-biotech attack

Viewpoint: ‘Consumer activist’ concerns over Florida proposal to use gene drives to extirpate Zika-carrying mosquitoes is thinly veiled anti-biotech attack

Now that their nemesis Monsanto is no longer a thing, [the Organic Consumers Association and the Center for Food Safety] ...
Viewpoint: While China is investing heavily in addressing climate change’s impact on agriculture, US dallies. Here’s why we need to fix that

Viewpoint: While China is investing heavily in addressing climate change’s impact on agriculture, US dallies. Here’s why we need to fix that

Popular proposals to cut food’s large environmental footprint rest on the idea that we have all the technologies and information ...
Artificial intelligence is teaching robots to evolve autonomously so they can pioneer exploration on distant planets

Artificial intelligence is teaching robots to evolve autonomously so they can pioneer exploration on distant planets

It’s been suggested that an advance party of robots will be needed if humans are ever to settle on other ...
Genetically-engineered mosquitoes set for release in Florida Keys: Science offers tool to fight Zika, dengue, malaria but critics claim it's unnecessary and potentially dangerous

Genetically-engineered mosquitoes set for release in Florida Keys: Science offers tool to fight Zika, dengue, malaria but critics claim it’s unnecessary and potentially dangerous

U.K.-based biotechnology company Oxitec has partnered with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District in an effort to control the invasive ...
'Cell-based fish is a logical answer': With improved nutrition and lower CO2 emissions, cultivated fish can sustainably satiate our growing appetite for seafood

‘Cell-based fish is a logical answer’: With improved nutrition and lower CO2 emissions, cultivated fish can sustainably satiate our growing appetite for seafood

[Berlin-based startup Bluu Biosciences] claims that producing cell-based fish without harming the ecosystem and at competitive prices can make a ...
Jurassic Park in real life? We have the technology to create ‘super exotic novel species,’ Neuralink co-founder claims

Jurassic Park in real life? We have the technology to create ‘super exotic novel species,’ Neuralink co-founder claims

Neuralink co-founder Max Hodak, who started the brain-computer interface company with Elon Musk, has claimed that humans have the technology ...
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CRISPR may help curb malaria by altering a mosquito’s gut genes, new study suggests

Altering a mosquito’s gut genes to make them spread antimalarial genes to the next generation of their species shows promise ...
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CRISPR poised to deliver dramatic benefits in fighting hunger and disease in Africa

In Africa, hunger and starvation are rapidly accelerating. Economic issues and dramatic weather changes resulted in over 20% of the population experiencing ...
COVID-19 vaccine verification? Digitally-verified clinical data apps already in the works

COVID-19 vaccine verification? Digitally-verified clinical data apps already in the works

A coalition that includes tech giants and healthcare providers is preparing to release global standards for mobile apps that verify ...
The incredible shrinking heart: Astronaut Scott Kelly’s heart shrunk by ¼ during his year in space, raising concerns about Mars travel

The incredible shrinking heart: Astronaut Scott Kelly’s heart shrunk by ¼ during his year in space, raising concerns about Mars travel

In a study published on [March 29] in the journal Circulation, scientists reported that the largest chamber of the heart ...
Scientific conundrum solved? Dairy-free cheese that mimics the real thing in development

Scientific conundrum solved? Dairy-free cheese that mimics the real thing in development

“Coming at it from a scientific perspective, you can't help but realise that there's no magic in cows or in ...
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