There are dozens of studies showing correlations between genes political attitudes, but the fact is the genetic information in our DNA isn’t enough to account for complexity of our ideology.
If you’re a woman in your late twenties or beyond, if you have no serious life partner, or if you are in a relationship but you’re not ready to start a family, egg freezing might be for you? Is it worth the risks, medical and financial?
The Clones are Coming: Airing on BBC America, the popular show Orphan Black already has included a goldmine of conversation starters highlighting social implications of human #reproductive cloning, and policy and societal issues of other biotechnologies that human cloning could facilitate. But is the spotlight on eugenics something that is a foreshadowing of what’s to come, especially with the increasingly overpopulated Earth?
When Facebook’s co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s married Priscilla Chan, it highlighted a growing and seemingly recent trend: Jewish men marrying Asian women. It turns out, according to a recent DNA study, that Ashkenazi-Chinese intermarriage has ancient precedents.
Artificial intelligence (AI) may become so advanced that some computer minds may achieve sentience–consciousness and self-awareness. This might means thinking machines should be accorded what’s currently reserved only for human beings: “human” rights.
It’s become very fashionable to get overly-focused and concerned over the food choices we have. Guess what: That’s as unhealthy for most people as eating the “wrong” kinds of foods.
There goes Consumer Reports again, with another scientifically illiterate attack on conventional agriculture and genetic engineering, this time targeting Bt pesticides–one of the most common pesticides used today in agriculture–and a mainstay of organic farming for more than a century.
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.
The answer, in the future, is “yes,” but refining our understanding of personalized genomics means it will take time to bring such innovations to fruition.
It’s planting season and gardeners are taking to the soil. Alas, two of the country’s largest home seed companies are exploiting anti-GMO hysteria in a brazen effort to drive sales.
Tailoring medicine to our personal DNA once promised revolutionary treatments and near miracle cures. but at the intersection of health, data and the human genome the plot thickens.
Each spring, farmers get to choose which seeds to buy. No, they are not trapped into buying genetically modified seeds from ‘evil Monsanto’. They purchase what works–for them and for their customers–you and me.