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Organic food does not protect against cancer. And why should it?!

    There are many valid reasons to consume organic food; protection against cancer is not one of them. A recent article in the British Journal of Cancer (the official …

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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 …

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Next generation insect-resistant plants

Farmers like genetically engineered (GE) crops because they require less pesticides and fertilizers than conventional crops. This allows farmers to save money, time, and also the environment. One of the …

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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 …

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A guide to detecting bogus scientific journals

Following on a previous post discussing how bogus magazines pretending to be scientific journals can affect the judgement of non-specialists, a brief 5 steps method to pin-point dubious publications is …

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How a patent was missed out and millions of pounds lost: The monoclonal antibodies’ story

  Do scientists care about making money? Aristotle tells a very pleasant story about Thales*: Thales was tired of businessmen looking down on him for his poverty; according to them …

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