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EU ruling on genome-editing unfavourable

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Corn variety gets nutrients from bacteria, potentially reducing need for fertiliser

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Low-quality medicines prevalent in the developing world

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GM rice that can neutralise HIV

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Costly delay

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Barleys brewing secrets

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Fund set up in memory of Randy

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A case of man failing technology

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