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CRISPR foods: the naturalness of public skepticism

In All, Food Products, Guest Article, Multiple Views by Mariya Voytyuk

As part of our series of multiple perspectives on gene editing, we asked Mariya Voytyuk of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University to describe public perceptions of CRISPR from an evolutionary and cognitive perspective. Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) is the latest gene-editing technique promising an exciting new era of nutrition: higher …

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Why should we be cautious about generalizing the results of animal and cell studies?

In All, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Science Bits by Erin McKay

As part of our new series, “Science Bits,” we asked Erin McKay, a graduate student in the Neuroscience department at Michigan State University, to discuss scientific evidence. We first presented the “Hierarchy of Science Evidence” infographic (provided by the European Food Information Council and shown below). We then asked Erin to provide further insights on the limitations of animal and cell research. Hierarchy of …

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People don’t trust scientific research when companies are involved

In All, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Science Bits by John Besley

Guest article by John C. Besley, Michigan State University; Aaron M. McCright, Michigan State University; Joseph D. Martin, University of Leeds; Kevin Elliott, Michigan State University, and Nagwan Zahry, Michigan State University A soda company sponsoring nutrition research. An oil conglomerate helping fund a climate-related research meeting. Does the public care who’s paying for science? In a word, yes. When industry …

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USDA should establish a science-based regulatory system to address genetically engineered and gene-edited crops

In All, Consumer products, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Multiple Views, Nutrition by Greg Jaffe

As part of our series of multiple perspectives on gene editing, we asked Gregory Jaffe, Director of the Project on Biotechnology, Center for Science in the Public Interest, how genetically engineered and gene-edited crops should be regulated. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been regulating genetically engineered (GE) crops to ensure that they are not harmful to our agricultural …

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CRISPR: the bacterial immune system that revolutionized genomic research

In All, Consumer products, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Multiple Views, Nutrition by Joe Zagorski

As part of our series of multiple perspectives on gene editing, we asked Joe Zagorski from the Michigan State University Institute of Integrative Toxicology how CRISPR has impacted his research. CRISPR is here to stay. There are few topics that garnish such diametrically opposed stances as genetic modifications of organisms, whether it be for gene therapy or development of disease …

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Despite meat-heavy diet, indigenous tribe has world’s healthiest hearts — but why?

In All, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition, Research Brief by Guest Author

Article by guest author Scott Seckel, ASU Now, Arizona State University Study shows low levels of arterial plaque in group with low good cholesterol, high inflammation Researchers have discovered that despite meat-heavy diets, low levels of good cholesterol and high levels of inflammation, an indigenous South American tribe has the healthiest hearts ever examined — and it might have something to …

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New plants engineered to thrive in harsh conditions could solve world hunger

In All, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition by Guest Author

Guest article by Allie Necodemo, Knowledge Enterprise Development at Arizona State University For the past 17 years, Roberto Gaxiola has been in an exclusive relationship. But it has nothing to do with his social life. Gaxiola is a plant biologist at ASU’s School of Life Sciences, and he is committed to one single gene. But Gaxiola’s one and only is no …

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Organic farming matters – just not in the way you might think

In All, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Nutrition by Guest Author

Guest article by Verena Seufert, University of British Columbia and Navin Ramankutty, University of British Columbia Is organic agriculture the solution to our global food system challenges? That’s been the premise and promise of the organic movement since its origins in the 1920s: farming that’s healthy, ecological, and socially just. Many people – from consumers and farmers to scientists and international …