Jul 25, 2014

As humans multiply, bugs decline and conflict spikes

As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45 percent, researchers said Thursday. Meanwhile, the larger loss of wildlife big and small across the planet may ...

Superbug threat requires urgent world action: scientists

May 23, 2014

Superbug threat requires urgent world action: scientists

Superbugs resistant to drugs pose a serious worldwide threat and demand a response on the same scale as efforts to combat climate change, specialists on infectious diseases said on Thursday. Warning that a world without effective antibiotics would be “deadly,” with routine surgery, organ ...

Spread of 'superweeds' blamed on herbicides for GMOs

Jan 13, 2014

Spread of 'superweeds' blamed on herbicides for GMOs

The United States is facing an epidemic of herbicide-resistant “superweeds,” which some activists and researchers are blaming on GMOs — an accusation rejected by industry giants. According to a recent study, the situation is such that American farmers are “heading for a crisis.” Many ...

New malaria vaccine type shows huge early promise

Aug 9, 2013

New malaria vaccine type shows huge early promise

A new kind of malaria vaccine that mimics the effect of mosquito bites has shown early promise by offering 100 percent protection to a dozen human volunteers, researchers said Thursday. The experimental vaccine, called PfSPZ and produced by the Maryland-based company Sanaria, contains live ...

Aug 4, 2013

Bacteria-killing chemicals may be masking salmonella

The Agriculture Department is reviewing research that shows new bacteria-killing chemicals used in chicken slaughterhouses may be masking the presence of salmonella and other pathogens that remain on the meat that consumers buy, according to records and interviews. Academic researchers agree that the chemicals ...