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Golden Rice, Frankenfood, and the torch-wielding mob

Most scientists hate the term “Frankenfood” applied to genetically engineered (GE) crops. Activists certainly use it as an insult. But did those activists actually read Mary Shelley’s book? Mary Shelley’s …

Colony of reprogramed human cells growing on top of a feeder layer of mouse embryonic fibroblast.

A disruptive new method for generating pluripotent stem cells

  People rushing to start new experiments. I think it is fair to say that I have never seen such a level of excitement in a scientific department as I …


Science is based on evidence not authority

The triumphs of science have provided its practitioners with an aura of respect*. Many people would have problems describing what the job of a scientist is. However, if someone can …

Bauer im Weizenfeld bis Horizont

Let’s do the evolution

  Before us, pre-human creatures roamed the earth. For the best part of one million years these creatures used simple, unchanging, stone tools (1). Apparently, the thought of improving those …


Genetically modified foods, health risks, and the European Food Safety Authority

  It feels odd to be prizing a European agency in this age of Euro-scepticism. But I believe that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and its advisors deserve recognition. …

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