Advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment could yield valuable insights for depression researchers, who struggle to understand the role of genetics in mental health.
Antibodies and T cell receptors recognize all of the proteins in our bodies, and thereby provide a record of everything to which we’ve been exposed. Scientists hope to monitor this record over time to look for signatures of disease before clinical symptoms manifest.
The science behind personalized genomics is moving fast. Scientists are circumspect, start-ups are enthusiastic, and if we’re not careful over-hype and a lack of skepticism could undermine the promise of the genomics revolution.
While many people believe that drinking alcohol in moderation may help them to lower their risk of congenital heart defects, a new study shows that only a fraction of the population have the gene that actually helps prevent heart disease.
A number of prominent journalists, who report fairly and objectively about GMO foods, are urging food and seed companies to lay down their arms and embrace various forms of GMO labeling. It’s inevitable they claim; cut your losses. Bruce Chassy, a food science professor with decades of experience in this field believes they are well meaning but naive.
Is the tide shifting on the state-by-state approach by anti-GMO activists to impose the labeling of genetically modified foods?
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.
There’s been a lot of talk about the alleged dangers “toxic wheat” circulating the Internet, and even a lot of denial from farmers on social media about the use of glyphosate for pre-harvesting wheat. What’s the real story?
Domestic cats have a reputation as being “marginally tame and lacking in the servile sycophantic affect of the dog.” Added bonus: mapping of the cat genome could improve treatment of the more than 250 human diseases.
Vandana Shiva, the globally known Indian anti-GMO activist, positions herself as a seer guiding us away from the evils of ‘industrial agriculture’ to embrace an agrarian miracle based on the organic model abandoned by most countries a half century ago. Are her views grounded in futuristic understanding of a new vision of science or a rejection of it?