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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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ScienceShot: Remembering a Man Who Saved Millions
25 March 2013 1:00 pm
A father of the Green Revolution, Norman Borlaug would have been 99 years old today. In honor of his lifelong quest to bring the fruits of research to farmers around the world, Science is providing free access for 3 weeks to a feature story about his life and work. Improvising in an abandoned field station in Mexico, Borlaug developed new varieties of wheat that could resist a devastating fungal disease—clashing with bureaucrats along the way. The wheat proved crucial to preventing famine in Asia, where it fed hundreds of millions of people. When Borlaug was in his 90s, a new and highly virulent type of the fungus emerged from Uganda. Cajoling funders and inspiring researchers, Borlaug led the fight against this grave threat. By the time he died, in 2009, researchers had developed 15 varieties of high-yielding wheat that can resist the new disease. The Famine Fighter's Last Battle also appeared in The Best American Science Writing 2010.
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