Blamed simultaneously for obesity, diabetes, bowel disease and even Alzheimer’s the colonies of bacteria that live in our gut get a lot of flack. But researchers caution that these disease-related claims might keep us from learning vital information about how our gut bacteria and health interact.
Recent studies suggest parenting activities don’t impact intelligence in children much and have little impact on academic achievement. Is this that just genetic determinism taken to the extreme?
Scientists prove there is a genetic component to who gets bitten most, but popular reports ignore a slew of other lifestyle and social factors
Researchers are beginning to unlock the mystery of the origins of the complex disorder known as autism. Yes, it’s mostly ‘in the genes’,’ but what that means is one of many questions that remain to be answered.
Report from China of the first genetically modified human embryos using gene editing technologies has resulted in a collective response of concern and outrage. But are we missing out nuances of the 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.
India has emerged as the epicenter of the anti-GMO movement in the developing world. What are the major claims of the NGO critics?
Many people, particularly those embracing organic foods, worry whether GMOs might negatively impact the environment. What does the evidence say?
Recent news reports in Bangladesh have suggested a growing food and farming disaster linked directly to GMOs. It’s a manufactured claim, with European financed anti-GMO groups at the center of the propaganda effort.
Agroecology is widely touted as an alternative to farming that uses GMOs. Yet it’s really about, or should be about, sustainable farming. Those who reject technological advances in farming are neither ecological nor benefitting the developing world.
We evolved in an environment that provides constant low level radiation. Our cells are good at dealing with it, and at low doses, it’s not much of a health issue. Moreover, by stimulating DNA repair and other normal functions in our cells, it’s quite possible that low dose radiation could be good for you.
GLP’s newest contributing writer, a Canadian, is a former conventional farmer who went organic a few years ago. Now she finds herself under attack by organic critics who claim that her newly adopted farming practices are less technologically advanced and sustainable. She responds, like a scientist-farmer.