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Maryland Blazes Trail to Get Arsenic Out of Chicken Feed

Read the full story at Grist. If you saw “Arsenic in Our Chicken?,” Nick Kristof’s much-read New York Times column from earlier this month, you’ve heard about the widespread use of some unexpected additives in chicken farming. Studies released this year detected caffeine, acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol), fluoxetine (the active ingredient in Prozac), various antibiotics, …

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Pfizer’s Fight to Keep Arsenic in Chicken Feed

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  By Alison Fairbrother and Donna Trussell Cross-posted with the Washington Spectator.  Arsenic is natural, but it’s still poison—not to mention carcinogenic—and therefore has no place in the food chain. But that’s just where it is because of the Pfizer drug Roxarsone, which is fed to factory-farm chickens to spur growth and give packaged poultry …

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Demand Funding for the Office of Technology Assessment: Science Denial has Gone Too Far!

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Science and technology inform nearly every aspect of modern life, pioneering innovation, creating jobs, and often contributing substantially to improvements in quality of life for Americans. But the pace of development and the gravity of many of these technologies (nuclear weapons, nanotechnology, and the internet, to name a few), has left government scrambling to keep …

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PTP Director Alison Fairbrother reviews Shawn Lawrence Otto’s Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America

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In December 2010, Republican House Majority leader Eric Cantor launched a website he called “You Cut,” encouraging citizens to identify “wasteful” grants awarded to scientists by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The agency, the premier U.S. institution that funds non-medical research in science and engineering, was poised for attack by citizen assailants. The aim, of …

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How Congress Lost its Science Advisors — and what that means

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In 2010, geneticist J. Craig Venter created the first synthetic life form, a genome based on an existing bacterium. The field of synthetic biology raises a host of scientific questions — from potential applications in medicine, agricultural production, and renewable energy to the possibility that synthetic organisms could be used for bio-warfare. Many of these …

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Chemicals found in Crude Oil are Showing up in the Blood of Gulf Residents

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Chemicals found in crude oil are showing up in the blood of Gulf residents, many of whom have complained of health problems since the BP oil spill, according to a study released by community action group Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN). A total of 25 people have been tested in an ongoing analysis by the …