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Devang Mehta

Genomics

University of Alberta

I’m using genome editing to understand how plants regulate their genes in response to changing environments. I also trying to find out if we can apply this knowledge to fine-tune plant metabolism to create better crops

Devang has contributed to 2 reports

Massive Science Report № 3

You Are What You Meat

We worked with scientists in the field to explain how we’re growing meats in labs—and when you can eat them. It's your introduction to the next agricultural revolution.

Massive Science Report № 1

You Don't Know GMOs

We've gathered a team of geneticists, biologists, and environmental scientists to bring you the most up-to-date report on the science, history, and safety of genetically-modified organisms.

Devang has authored 19 articles

We need genetic engineering to stave off climate change-induced global hunger

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Despite what many say, organic farming will not save us from the worst impacts of climate change

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Evolution is elegant but not when it's in David Sloan Wilson's hands

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His new book "This View of Life" tries to wedge too much into one biological point of view

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Lab-grown meat could bring about the next agricultural revolution

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Cultured meat would require less land, less water and potentially produce less greenhouse gases

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The world's appetite for meat is growing. How will we satisfy it?

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In the near future, "meat" could mean a lot more than it does now

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Your bubble tea could hold the key to helping millions of farmers

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Cassava, an African staple food crop, could be poised to become a major source of industrial starch thanks to CRISPR

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Is it safe to eat GMO foods?

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Here's everything that science tells us

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How 'Frankenstein' unfairly sways the GMO debate

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The novel ushered in a concept that actively harms the Global South two centuries later

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Mark Lynas on the complexity of disagreeing on GMOs

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'I try to take people at face value in terms of what their objections are, and to not ascribe them with ill-intent'

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The art of publicly changing your mind on GMOs

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'Seeds of Science' makes a persuasive case for GM technology by a man who used to oppose it

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Why I'm quitting GMO research

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Constantly confronting people who think my research will harm them is profoundly distressing

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Plants are not conscious, whether you can 'sedate' them or not

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A New York Times story is a case study in what can go wrong in translating science

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Simulating evolution helped scientists design a better virus

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It sounds like an arcane superpower. It boils down to random mutation and selection

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Scientists are recruiting live bacteria to fight deadly infections

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A study in rural India is raising hopes for a future without antibiotics

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The prolific life of Wang Zhenyi, autodidact, astronomer, and poet

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Progressive in science and art, she disregarded sexist norms of Qing-dynasty China

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The Mother's Curse: how a French king’s legacy revealed a loophole in evolution

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New research with roots in colonial Canada suggests new wrinkles in ideas of evolution

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This biologist believes we should embrace human gene editing

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It could free millions from preventable, predetermined suffering

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Scientists just cut the tolerable intake of PFAs by 99.9%

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PFAs are everywhere. In cosmetics, wrapping your greasy take-out burgers, and eventually, 98% of humans' bloodstreams. The recommended tolerable intake for PFAs was just cut by 99.9%.

James Watson and the Insidiousness of Scientific Racism

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“How does it feel to be a black scientist who owes much to James Watson in general, and in my case, is linked to his specific pedigree?”

MIT scientists invent an ion-drive powered plane with no moving parts

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This "first flight" flew the same distance as the Wright Brother's original plane

Bruno Latour, the Post-Truth Philosopher, Mounts a Defense of Science

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He spent decades deconstructing the ways that scientists claim their authority. Can his ideas help them regain that authority today?

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Biodiversity loss is the very real end of the world and no one is acting like it

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Radical, wholesale change is needed right this second and cannot be delayed

Cassie Freund

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Bioengineered yeast can produce the active ingredients of marijuana better than the plant

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Now, new and rare THCs and CBDs may be on the horizon

Sarah Laframboise

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Reducing agricultural carbon emissions will be good for the planet and our stomachs

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From soil microbes to factory farming, the Green New Deal could radically improve our food system

Lauren Sara McKee

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Humans are two developmental stages away from monkeys

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Less than 50 of our 20,000 genes are unique to humans. What separates us from monkeys?

James R. Howe VI

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We're studying collapsed civilizations so that ours can endure climate change

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Paleoclimatologists are digging into the connections between the collapse of Maya Civilization and extreme droughts

Brittany Ward

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Billionaires are rushing into biotech. Inequality is following them into science

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'Free-market philanthropy' raises yet more questions about the future of American public research

Joshua Peters

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Why is it so hard for scientists to talk about leaving academia?

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We should value scientists who transfer their skills

Prabarna Ganguly

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The Graduate Research Fellowship Program favors elite schools – again

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The early-career grants, meant to boost diversity, end up perpetuating disparities

Kelsey Lucas

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How farmers on the Great Plains are changing the local climate

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New crop practices trap more carbon in the soil, increasing rainfall and adding profits

Ellen Stuart-Haëntjens

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Don't fear germs – at least not too much

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Microbes are neither purely 'good' nor 'bad'

Jennifer Tsang

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A rare disease offers clues to how genes affect social behavior

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Williams syndrome is helping scientists understand the roots of sociality

Yewande Pearse

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Should peer review stop being anonymous?

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Prominent researchers can take the gamble, but junior scientists risk retribution

Dan Samorodnitsky

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A nuclear attack could be a lot like an asteroid strike

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Nothing compares to the impact that killed the dinosaurs, but nuclear blasts are far more likely

Gabriela Serrato Marks

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Low doses of contaminants, long ignored, can have vast consequences

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Scientists found cocaine – and a lot of other chemicals – in Minnesota snow

Anna Robuck

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The brain treats questions about beliefs like physical threats. Can we learn to disarm it?

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Street epistemologists are trying to give people 'the gift of doubt'

Jonathan Rydberg

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Scientific knowledge is drowning in a flood of research

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A comic about the problems with the -omics, illustrated by Matteo Farinella

Matteo Farinella

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Is light pollution changing how plants do – and don't – grow?

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Plants depend on cycles of light. Now, they're always on

Kylla Benes

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We can no longer count on nature's 'self-correction' to curb warming

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Plants are reaching their carbon-storage limit

Alanna Shaw

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Toxic chemicals are being freed from melting glaciers

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Scientists are finding decades-old DDT and PCB flowing from the Tibetan Plateau

Carrie McDonough

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