Researchers call for greater awareness of unintended consequences of CRISPR gene editing

CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing can lead to unintended mutations (DNA damage) at the targeted section of DNA in early human embryos, researchers have revealed. This highlights the need for further research into the effects of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing, especially when used to edit human DNA in laboratory research.* The findings also have relevance to gene-edited plants and […]

WHO and Lancet investigations into pandemic’s origins lack independence and credibility

Newly announced teams of investigators are conflicted, biased and/or China-approved Those looking for a credible independent investigation into the origins of the current pandemic, including whether the virus leaked from a lab, have expressed dismay at the WHO and the Lancet Commission’s announcements of their teams of investigators and the WHO investigation’s terms of reference. […]

Pesticide mixtures harm health even when each pesticide is present at “safe” levels

New study challenges regulatory assumptions and practices. Report by Claire Robinson Mixtures of pesticide residues commonly found in foods in the EU can have adverse effects on health even when each individual pesticide is present at a level considered safe by regulators, a new study shows. The study also found that the use of molecular analytical techniques […]

Bt cotton in India is a GMO template for a “monumental irreversible catastrophe”

by Colin Todhunter Cotton is the only genetically modified (GM) crop that has been officially approved in India. It has been cultivated (illegally, then legally) in the country for more than 20 years. Although GM mustard has been approved for commercial cultivation by India’s apex regulatory body for GM crops (the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee, […]

Scientists outraged by Peter Daszak leading enquiry into possible COVID lab leak

Lead investigator is considered one of the most conflicted and unreliable voices on the issue. Jonathan Matthews reports Expressions of outrage and incredulity have greeted the announcement that Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, has been chosen to lead a Task Force that will examine the possibility that Covid-19 could have emerged from a lab, as part of […]