Mexico’s new science minister is a plant biologist who opposes transgenic crops

Source: Science MagazineMEXICO CITY—In early June, evolutionary developmental biologist Elena Álvarez-Buylla received an out-of-the-blue phone call from the campaign of Andrés Manuel López Obrador,...

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Cancer burden rises to 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million cancer deaths in 2018

Source: MercoPresThe International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released on Wednesday the latest estimates on the global burden of cancer. The GLOBOCAN 2018 database, accessible online as part...

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Monsanto glyphosate weed killer could cost Bayer billions in damage lawsuits

Source: MercopressUnited States agro-chemicals company Monsanto is facing a surge in lawsuits that may cost its new owners, Bayer, billions in damages. Monsanto manufactures glyphosate-based weed...

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How gut microbes are joining the fight against cancer

Source: NatureBertrand Routy earned a lamentable reputation with Parisian oncologists in 2015. A doctoral student at the nearby Gustave Roussy cancer centre, Routy had to go from hospital to hospital...

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If you listen closely, the drumbeats of Amazonian tribes sound like human speech

Source: Science MagazineFour years after Frank Seifart started documenting endangered dialects in Colombia, the guerillas came. In 2004, soldiers from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia swept...

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Scientists downsize bold plan to make human genome from scratch

Source: NatureA bold plan to synthesize an entire human genome has been scaled back, aiming at a more technically attainable near-term goal. Instead of synthesizing all of the human genome’s 3 billion...

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New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation with Cancer

Source: Scientific AmericanDoes cell phone radiation cause cancer? New studies show a correlation in lab rats, but the evidence may not resolve ongoing debates over causality or whether any effects...

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How human embryonic stem cells sparked a revolution

Source: NatureDieter Egli was just about to start graduate school in 1998 when researchers first worked out how to derive human embryonic stem cells. In the two decades since, the prolific cells have...

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