The recent death of 111 year old Alexander Imich highlighted the difficulties in keeping track of the world’s oldest people, and why it matters.
Jan Hills, founder of leadership development consultancy Head Heart + Brain, sat down with IBTimes UK to talk about her new book, Brain-savvy HR: A Neuroscience Evidence Base.
Can you install a false memory in the brain? Researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have shown it’s possible, at least in lab animals.
The ability to edit genomes may offer us the ability to build and release mosquitos resistant to malaria, ending the disease in human populations.
India’s Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) recently approved field trials for 15 new varieties of genetically modified crops, but the decision, the GEAC and even the government quickly came under fire. Many pointed to the ethical conflicts within the GEAC and the lack of transparency in the approval process, with some calling for the disbanding of the GEAC.
Scientists reported a draft sequence of bread wheat’s genetic blueprint last week, boosting efforts to produce new varieties of bread wheat through conventional breeding and genetic engineering that are high-yielding and resilient to threats like climate change and disease.
New data released by the USDA last week indicates that farmers in the U.S. continue to adopt genetically engineered corn, soy and cotton crops that are herbicide-tolerant, insect-resistant or a combination of both.
Non-profits are usually considered trustworthy, especially compared to corporations and governments. But when it comes to genetically modified foods, they don’t always stick to the truth.
Bread wheat feeds about 30 percent of the human population, and thanks to two recent major genetic research developments, it just might be the answer to feeding a hotter, drier, more populous world. These developments have left agricultural scientists excited because of the potential this brings to the table, because while good bread tastes like heaven, bread wheat’s DNA is hell to sequence and we are now very much close to be out of the seventh level.
While neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) may have some dire potential for health problems, there’s little evidence to suggest that a neonic ban will be the silver bullet to resolve the bee crisis. “Silver bullet” thinking has already led to twisted paths to scientific controversy. On the other hand, the consequences of inaction are not pretty.