Also: Controversy over a GMO crop in Ghana; the ethics of gene-edited babies
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The Seattle Times
Asylum Seekers Yearn for ‘a Chance’

Juan Carlos, a 36 year-old Salvadoran baker, fled a middle-class life with his wife and three children after a gang beat him and threatened to kill his family when he failed to pay $50 in monthly kickbacks.

Now stranded in Tijuana with slim chances of being granted asylum to enter the U.S. legally, Juan Carlos is desperate for signs of hope. “We only want the president to touch his heart and say, ‘I’ll give you a chance,’” he says. But the Trump administration policy now is more like “‘Give me five coffins. I’m sending this family to be buried there.’ It’s not fair,” Juan Carlos said.

“Whereas migrants fled civil wars in the 1980s, they now flee gangs,” said Daniel Reichman of University of Rochester. Tyrone Beason, Corinne Chin, and Erika Schultz reported on Juan Carlos and other asylum seekers stranded in Tijuana in a Pulitzer Center-supported multimedia project for The Seattle Times.

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Fighting Crop Loss in Africa with GMO Seeds

Farmers in Ghana lose as much as 80 percent of their annual harvest in cowpeas, a staple crop throughout West Africa, because of insect infestations. Agricultural scientists are trying to help, with new genetically-modified cowpea seeds that are highly resistant to pests. Ghana’s farmers are skeptical. Ankur Paliwal reports on the controversy around GMO crops in Ghana in a Pulitzer Center-supported story for Undark.

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Science Magazine
The Ethical Storm Over the World's First Gene-Edited Babies

Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui made history when he helped engineer the world’s first gene-edited babies, twin girls called Lula and Nana. Jon Cohen, writing in a Pulitzer Center-supported series for Science Magazine, reports on the international scientists and researchers who were boosters for He’s work in the lead-up to his breakthrough, but sought to distance themselves after he became a pariah in the scientific community.

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On-Site Pitching at NABJ 19 with the Pulitzer Center
August 08, 2019
Aventura, FL
NABJ 2019: 'How Young Journalists Can Cover the World'
August 07, 2019
Aventura, FL


The Texas Tribune
As El Paso Closes Emergency Migrant Shelters, Mexico Scrambles to Add Space on the Border
Julián Aguilar

Frontier Myanmar
Beyond Myitsone
Ye Mon

Science Magazine

China’s CRISPR Push in Animals Promises Better Meat, Novel Therapies, and Pig Organs for People

Jon Cohen

‘My Ears Keep Ringing All the Time’: Mercury Poisoning Among Grassy Narrows First Nation
Shelby Gilson

Burgeoning Courage and Power: Faces of Youth Activism in Grassy Narrows

Shelby Gilson

Memories from Qemmamine

Catherine Cartier

A Warm Welcome: First Days in Uganda

Keishi Foecke

Documentary Underscores Importance of Women in UN Peacekeeping

Kelli Meyer, UN Foundation

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