Seven months after the FDA forced 23andMe to stop reporting health results to its customers, the personal genomics company is back in the news with a set of research projects, some in collaboration with the agency that critics thought would drive it out of business.
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.
Google X’s new Baseline Project was made public in July. Although widely reported that the study would only focus on healthy people’s biomarkers, new information indicates the Google study will also include some people with disease. That’s a good thing.
Creativity, argues neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, requires mental downtown for ideas and connections to bubble up out of our knowledge base. In an era of near competitive multi-tasking we often overlook the importance of this productive restfulness.
Vandana Shiva’s status as a celebrity anti-GMO activist is not in question, but virtually everything else about her, from her educational credentials to her challenge of the Green Revolution to her claim that GMOs are causing mass genocide among farmers in India, undermines her stated commitment to empowering the poor.
Supporters and critics of crop biotechnology clash over whether GMOs can help ‘feed the world’–or even whether we have a genuine food crisis.
Who believes that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the USDA, National Academy of Sciences and the European Commission are conspiring to impoverish the poor and doom them to undernourishment by concluding that GMOs are safe and sustainable? Meet the hero of the anti-GMO movement, Vandana Shiva.
More than half of the acreage of genetically modified crops in the world is in the developing world, where the need is greatest and growing. New GLP contributing writer Abdulrazak Ibraham, a biochemistry professor in Nigeria, addresses the politics and science of GMOs in Africa.
The genetics of Alzheimer’s disease is complicated and still somewhat mysterious. But in the last week, researchers reported on two new genetic approaches that may have long-range potential for preventing this calamitous brain destroyer.
In a 2012 interview, Bill Moyers referred to Vandana Shiva as the "rock star" of the anti-GMO movement. What are the facts behind the curtain?