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Kansas couple gets probation after money laundering scheme 19.8.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

MEADE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas couple was sentenced to three years of probation for laundering millions of dollars in suspected drug money through their small town bank. The Hutchinson News reports 71-year-old George Enns and his 69-year-old wife, Agatha Enns, both of Meade, were sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to money laundering conspiracy. George […]
Farm-to-School Movement Fights for a Foothold in Corn Belt Cafeterias 18.8.2017 Truthout.com
As the movement for a local and ethical food system continues to gain traction, school food is slowly but surely becoming a focus in the fight for change.  School districts serve lunch to 30.4 million students a day through the USDA's National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The NSLP provides cash subsidies and USDA foods to enrolled schools, which in turn provide free and low-cost meals for qualifying students. In total, meals served through the NSLP amount to as many as 5 billion per year . Due to the program's scale and the influence of Big Ag interests, the lion's share of food served through the NSLP has typically been sourced from large-scale producers, transported from afar and heavily processed. The resulting meals are often less than nutritious. In 2009, the ground beef the USDA bought from five major meatpackers and distributed through the program failed to meet the quality standards of most fast food restaurants. But two initiatives, the farm-to-school movement and the Good Food Purchasing Policy ...
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Scientists create the first mutant ants 11.8.2017 Washington Post
Using the CRISPR technique, researchers snipped out scent genes, which are the social insects’ mode of communication, and the ant colonies went haywire.
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Why environmentalists want Impossible Burger's meatless patties to be pulled off menus 9.8.2017 LA Times: Business

The plant-based Impossible Burger seemed like the kind of breakthrough in food technology that environmentalists could get behind.

The Silicon Valley makers of the fake meat that famously “bleeds” are championing a more sustainable food system by trying to reduce the dependence on intensive animal...

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Cars for cheese? 9.8.2017 BBC: Business
A free trade agreement does not normally mean the removal of all taxes, quotas and barriers.
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FDA cracks down on company marketing 'three-parent' babies 7.8.2017 Washington Post
FDA cracks down on company marketing 'three-parent' babies
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The Call-In: Genetic Engineering 6.8.2017 NPR: Sunday
Last week, a new study was released confirming that scientists had successfully modified human embryos to eliminate a genetic defect. We asked you for your questions.
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GMO salmon caught in U.S. regulatory net, but Canadians have eaten 5 tons 5.8.2017 Washington Post
GMO salmon caught in U.S. regulatory net, but Canadians have eaten 5 tons
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A champion of reason 5.8.2017 Columns – The Indian Express
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Drop your genes 4.8.2017 Opinion – The Indian Express
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Canada OKs Idaho company’s genetically engineered potatoes 4.8.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Canadian officials say three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat. The approval confirmed by Health Canada officials on Thursday means the J.R. Simplot Co. potatoes can be imported, planted […]
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The ethics of creating GMO humans 3.8.2017 LA Times: Commentary

In a process that can be likened to the creation of GMO crops, scientists have edited genes in human embryos in order to eliminate a mutation that causes thickening of the heart wall. The embryos were created solely for the scientists’ study and will not be implanted. Nonetheless, the research...

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A life-changing genetics breakthrough deserves celebration — and demands caution 3.8.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Researchers announce promising findings on DNA editing, but further advances demand caution to make sure progress unfolds responsibly.
First human embryo-editing experiment in U.S. ‘corrects’ gene for frequently lethal heart condition 2.8.2017 Washington Post
The development cracks open the doors to a controversial new era in medicine.
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Scientists precisely edit DNA in human embryos to fix a disease gene 2.8.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
In experimental embryos, scientists were able to repair the gene that causes a serious heart disorder. But more research is needed to confirm the method would produce healthy babies, they say.
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Scientists Precisely Edit DNA In Human Embryos To Fix A Disease Gene 2.8.2017 NPR News
In experimental embryos, scientists were able to repair the gene that causes a serious heart disorder. But more research is needed to confirm the method would produce healthy babies, they say.
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A Future of Genetically Engineered Children Is Closer Than You’d Think 1.8.2017 Mother Jones
The first step is a no-brainer. Say you are one of the tens of thousands of people with Huntington’s disease, a terrible, hereditary neurodegenerative disorder caused by a mutation in the HTT gene. The diseased version of the gene makes an abnormally long protein that becomes toxic in your neurons, eventually killing them. Symptoms usually […]
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Change in hostel curfew irks students in Delhi 1.8.2017 Education – The Indian Express
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Scientists, theologians ponder if ‘new biology’ is more open to religion 31.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Oxford, England • When Charles Darwin published his landmark theory of evolution by natural selection in the 19th century, religious leaders were confronted with a powerful challenge to some of their oldest beliefs about the origins of life. Then evolutionary theory was expanded with the insights of genetics, which gave further support for a scientific and secular view of how humans evolved. Faith and tradition were forced further onto the defensive. Now, exciting progress in biology in recent d...
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Scientists reawaken memory in mice that had a condition resembling Alzheimer’s 30.7.2017 Washington Post
Memories may not be wiped by Alzheimer’s, instead the disease may impair our ability to recall them, researchers suggested.
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