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Hopeful monsters

Posted by Heather Maughan on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, In : Bacterial evolution 

For centuries scientists have been trying to figure out why some bacteria cause disease, while others are relatively harmless or even beneficial. The search has usually focused on identifying the genetic basis for the ability to cause disease, whether it be the mutation of an existing gene or the gain of a gene via horizontal transfer.  The latter process is (mostly) limited to bacteria, where gene sharing can enable niche exploration and adaptation.

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Bt cotton ball

Posted by Heather Maughan on Monday, July 23, 2012, In : Agriculture 

Utterance of “GM crops” usually has the effect of inciting anger in the public mind, while scientists shake their heads at public misunderstanding.  Although in principle I strongly favor the development of GM crops if they’re used to make agriculture more sustainable, the multinational companies that give us these technologies have really botched the relationship with farmer and public.  These companies can now only find camaraderie with scientists, business folk, and...


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