Brooke Borel

The Tricky Business of Regulating Biology

The federal government’s framework for regulating biotechnology was created in 1986, long before scientists ever conceived of the kind of genetic engineering they’re able to do today. While these regulations are currently under review, experts wonder whether they’ll ever be able to keep up with innovation.

The Scientist Pot Farmer

Washington is in an awkward position: The EPA has not approved any pesticides for use on cannabis, but growers need guidance for their recently legalized crops. While regulators dawdle and universities keep their distance, scientist Alan Schreiber is stepping in — and hoping to sell some pot while he’s at it.