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EPA’s assessments of chemicals draws criticism from its own scientists

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Many U.S. scientists working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) say they don’t trust the agency’s senior leaders to be honest and they fear retaliation if they were to report a violation of the law, according to a survey of employees conducted in 2020. According to the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey for 2020, which was … Continue reading “EPA’s assessments of chemicals draws criticism from its own scientists”

Another Roundup study finds links to potential human health problems

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A new scientific paper examining the potential health impacts of Roundup herbicides found links between exposure to the weed killing chemical glyphosate and an increase in a type of amino acid known to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The researchers made their determinations after exposing pregnant rats and their newborn pups to glyphosate … Continue reading “Another Roundup study finds links to potential human health problems”

Emails show scientists discussed masking their involvement in key journal letter on Covid origins

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EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, the head of an organization involved in research that genetically manipulates coronaviruses, discussed hiding his role in a statement published last year in The Lancet that condemned as “conspiracy theories” concerns that the COVID-19 virus may have originated in a research lab, emails obtained by US Right to Know show. The Lancet … Continue reading “Emails show scientists discussed masking their involvement in key journal letter on Covid origins”

Litigation Update: Bayer Announces a $2B Deal to Resolve Future Roundup Cancer Claims

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On Friday, February 3, 2021, Bayer AG announced that it had reached a formal agreement with plaintiffs’ class counsel to resolve future Roundup claims. As part of the agreement currently awaiting approval before presiding Judge Vince Chhabria of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Bayer has committed to paying up to … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Bayer Announces a $2B Deal to Resolve Future Roundup Cancer Claims”

Litigation Update: Valsartan Manufacturers to Face Fraud Claims

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On January 29, the judge presiding over the Valsartan litigation, US District Judge Robert B. Kugler refused to dismiss claims of fraud brought by the consumers against the defendant manufacturers in three master complaints; similar claims against wholesalers and pharmacies, however, will be thrown out without prejudice. In an effort to dismiss the claims that … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Valsartan Manufacturers to Face Fraud Claims”

Bayer makes new $2 billion plan to head off future Roundup cancer claims

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Monsanto owner Bayer AG said Wednesday it was attempting again to manage and resolve potential future Roundup cancer claims, laying out a $2 billion deal with a group of plaintiffs’ attorneys that Bayer hopes will win approval from a federal judge who rejected a prior plan last summer. Notably, the deal calls for Bayer to … Continue reading “Bayer makes new $2 billion plan to head off future Roundup cancer claims”

Mass Tort and Class Action Outlook for 2021

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As we move into 2021, it is helpful to assess the current state of mass torts and class action and think about how these matters may develop over the course of the year. Despite the impact of the COVID pandemic, some matters are picking up momentum, some long-standing cases are heading toward settlement and new … Continue reading “Mass Tort and Class Action Outlook for 2021”

New study finds glyphosate-related alterations in gut microbiome

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A new animal study by a group of European researchers has found that low levels of the weed killing chemical glyphosate and the glyphosate-based Roundup product can alter the composition of the gut microbiome in ways that may be linked to adverse health outcomes. The paper, published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, is … Continue reading “New study finds glyphosate-related alterations in gut microbiome”

New study examines Roundup herbicide impact on honeybees

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A group of Chinese researchers has found evidence that commercial glyphosate-based herbicide products are harmful to honeybees at or below recommended concentrations. In a paper published in the online journal Scientific Reports, researchers affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing and the Chinese Bureau of Landscape and Forestry, said they found a … Continue reading “New study examines Roundup herbicide impact on honeybees”

Biohazards News Tracker: Best articles on SARS-CoV-2 origins, biolabs and gain of function research

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Here is a reading list about what is known and not known about the origins of SARS-CoV-2, accidents and leaks at biosafety and biowarfare laboratories, and the health risks of gain-of-function (GOF) research, which aims to increase the host range, transmissibility, infectivity or pathogenicity of potential pandemic pathogens. U.S. Right to Know is conducting research … Continue reading “Biohazards News Tracker: Best articles on SARS-CoV-2 origins, biolabs and gain of function research”

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