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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

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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%.

What we know, and still don't know, about the CRISPR-modified twins

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Genomicist Devang Mehta cuts through the hype to lay out the facts

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?

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?”