Scientists are looking to create genetically engineered spider webs—which pound for pound is stronger than steel—to make products that might be used in the automobile industry.
Scientists and layman alike have long touted the estimate that microbial cells outnumber humans by 10 to 1. While that may be true, more modern estimates point to a range from one bacterial cell to one human or one hundred to one. How did the myth get started and why is it so hard to dispel?
One woman seeks out her genetic risk for familial breast cancer and finds she has a potentially lethal mutation for another disease. A prominent health policymaker publicly declares he will end acute treatment for disease at 75, and preventative screening measures long beforehand. How does a healthcare system accommodate both?
As celebrity nudes were leaked online, hackers and their supporters justified the behavior by claiming that men are hardwired to participate in misogynistic crimes. But, as primate studies show, that’s just not true.
Consumer Reports finds genetically engineered corn in “natural” junk food labeled “No GMO”—and in the process spreads unnecessary fear about crop biotechnology. CR’s investigation underscores why voluntary labeling and third party verification beat mandatory labeling.
The Center for Food Safety makes the case that GMO crops have “failed”, citing “myths” circulated by proponents. Specifically they make the case that the promise to “feed the world” has been hampered by delays and dead ends. But all ambitious breeding programs have faced similar challenges.
The National Academy of Sciences’ has posted videos of the presentations and discussions from the September 15-16 genetically engineered crop panel, which includes the talk by the GLP’s Jon Entine.
Dr. Oz, who was recently reprimanded in Congress for his increasingly bizarre endorsements of crank cures and alternative nostrums, stumbled again with his latest fusilade against GMO foods. His new target: an about-to-be-approved new GM corn and soybean designed to be used with herbicides that mainstream science has concluded are safe, but Oz believes could cause of host of disorders. Who is right?
Genomic test results must now be shared with patients. That’s the good news. It’s also the bad news.
Could a mutated form of E. Coli resulting from the cloning process used in creating GMOs get into the gut of a person or animal that eats a transgenic plant and poison them, as many anti-GMO activists claim? What is E coli and what are the risks of genetically modifying it?