The science behind personalized genomics is moving fast. Scientists are circumspect, start-ups are enthusiastic, and if we’re not careful over-hype and a lack of skepticism could undermine the promise of the genomics revolution.
While many people believe that drinking alcohol in moderation may help them to lower their risk of congenital heart defects, a new study shows that only a fraction of the population have the gene that actually helps prevent heart disease.
Human mucosal surfaces contain a wide range of microorganisms. The biological effects of these organisms, including on our brain and thinking, remain largely unknown.
Patients often request and use antibiotics thinking they have no long-term effects of the medications. But work on the human microbiome and emerging, virulent antibiotic resistance indicate they do.
Arsenic levels are high in rice and rice products, since the rice plants take it up from groundwater. New research has identified a protein that certain rice plants use to keep the arsenic away from the grain – the part we eat. Perhaps it can be genetically engineered into all rice to reduce arsenic levels in our food supply.
There’s been a lot of talk about the alleged dangers “toxic wheat” circulating the Internet, and even a lot of denial from farmers on social media about the use of glyphosate for pre-harvesting wheat. What’s the real story?
Coffee is in danger around the world, but experimental farmers want to save it by finding a variety that can thrive in California – and make a good latte to boot.
I’m a 30-year-old registered nurse who lives in Alberta, Canada and loves a farmer. I write about family and food, and I’m now a guest columnist for the GLP. I feed my kids only the most nutritious foods. If the crops used to make our food are genetically modified that shouldn’t matter, as long as the food is healthy—and science and my own experiences as a mom say it is.
Domestic cats have a reputation as being “marginally tame and lacking in the servile sycophantic affect of the dog.” Added bonus: mapping of the cat genome could improve treatment of the more than 250 human diseases.
Vandana Shiva, the globally known Indian anti-GMO activist, positions herself as a seer guiding us away from the evils of ‘industrial agriculture’ to embrace an agrarian miracle based on the organic model abandoned by most countries a half century ago. Are her views grounded in futuristic understanding of a new vision of science or a rejection of it?