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Scientists debate pros, cons of editing genes to stop virus-carrying mosquitos

We’d all love to get rid of mosquitos, it’s true. But as sweets, junk food and binge-watching TV all night have prompted us to ask: Are the things we want always the best for us?

That brings us to gene drives — or at least, certain applications of them. Gene drives are scientifically-modified genes that […]

Peanut butter contaminated with aflatoxin in Taiwan

In Taiwan, half of peanut butter that was sampled—20 samples in all from various stores, supermarkets and online markets—were found to contain aflatoxin.

The peanut butter was tested by the Consumers Foundation (CF), an independent, non-profit organization based in Taipei, Taiwan.

All of the 10 samples that tested positive for aflatoxin did

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How pets can make you healthier

When I was younger, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Many of my toys were of the animal variety, and I’ve always cooed over every dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig or any other animal I’ve ever seen. Animals are fantastic, and I love having them around me to pick up my spirits and to make […]

Get in the know with the Monday Links

Can you believe it, we’re already at our last Monday Links for July! This year is going by quickly—and lots of news, too. Read below for your latest in food safety, toxicology and agricultural news.

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Ban being sought on antibiotics for animals in California

We are on the brink of a health crisis of global proportions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns in a recent press release. In what is being called by some a “bigger crisis than AIDS,” the report from the WHO compiled data from 114 countries around the world to release one of the most extensive […]