Ancient DNA is revealing the genetic landscape of people who first settled East Asia

By studying the DNA of people who lived in East Asia thousands of years ago, scientists are starting to untangle how the region was populated.

Melinda A. Yang, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Richmond • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: ancient-dna hunter-gatherers china agriculture archaeology genes genomics southeast-asia rice adna siberia paleoanthropology human-migration east-asia hunter-gatherer start-of-agriculture paleogenomics

Healthier food can contain more contaminants – but there's a simple way to stay safe

A new study shows high-fibre brown rice also contains more arsenic than white rice – so which is better for you?

Ruth Fairchild, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: fish pesticides nutrition mercury rice vegetables food-science methylmercury arsenic organic-food

The Philippines has rated 'Golden Rice' safe, but farmers might not plant it

Golden Rice – a controversial genetically modified product designed to combat malnutrition – has been approved as safe in the Philippines. But key questions remain unanswered.

Dominic Glover, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies • conversation
Feb. 7, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  biotechnology  agriculture  philippines  hunger  genetically-modified-organisms  rice  greenpeace  golden-rice  malnutrition  vitamin-a-deficiency

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