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47 dead in China chemicals plant explosion

22 March 2019

Enormous blast at China chemicals producer flattens large parts of industrial park and injures more than 600 people

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DowDuPont ends fungicide dog experiment amid public pressure

22 March 2019

Brazil agrees regulatory waiver for ‘unnecessary’ experiment highlighted in US Humane Society undercover footage

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Chemical analysis supports EU’s toxic tattoo ink ban

21 March 2019

Report finds 20% of tattoo inks contain ‘negative list’ chemicals, although little is known about long-term effects

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EU sets goal of tackling pharmaceutical pollution in the environment

15 March 2019

Commission identifies six areas to take action on

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New record set for the world’s smallest periodic table

14 March 2019

Table less than one fortieth the area of previous record holder is a gift for element maker Yuri Oganessian

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Leading geneticists call for worldwide moratorium on creation of gene-edited children

13 March 2019

Five-year pause would give nations breathing space following the birth of the first genetically-modified children in November

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Updated: Science would suffer under Trump’s 2020 budget

12 March 2019

White House budget proposal would deliver significant blow to US research, but Congress is expected to intervene

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Adding CBD to everything from soft drinks to cakes prompt warnings

12 March 2019

US authorities start to take action on cannabidiol additives

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