Not so dirt cheap

7 December, 2015 by (comments)

The coffee on your desk might never have arrived this morning. Deforestation rates in Ethiopia – one of the world’s top coffee exporters – are so high, records show, that forest is slashed from 40 to less than 3 percent of the country. As well as surviving deforestation, those most prized coffee beans would also have fought for every nutrient andRead More …

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Genome Editing: As Easy, Useful, and Safe as it Sounds?

1 December, 2015 by (comments)

Helping experts in crop biotechnology explain their work to non-specialists is a tough job – one to which I’ve dedicated a lot of time as a science writer/editor over the last 20 years. One rhetorical device that I’ve always found handy for getting my mind around biotechnology’s abstractions is the apt metaphor – like the image of a “pipeline”Read More …

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