In an attempt to claim public concerns from turning into mass hysteria, the CDC made some major blunders–some medical and some in its public relations efforts.
Both alcohol and cocaine dependence are regulated by epigenetic changes in the brain that begin with abuse. Matched with the genetic factors that contribute to risk for addiction, these new findings paint a picture of how addiction starts, and could be a potential target for early treatment.
People genetically coded with the RH-null blood type have a blood type more rare than extremely rare disease. Their numbers are limited to the dozens, maybe a hundred, but their dependence on each other is vital. Donors are matched individual to individual across a sparing global donation network.
Women and their offspring exchange small amounts of DNA during pregnancy. Those fetal DNA signatures can last a lifetime in a mother’s body. New research shows that this ‘chimerism’ reduces her later risk of some disease, but may play roulette with her immune system.
Thoughtful people are offering thoughtful critiques of the role of genetic engineering in agriculture and other technological advances that raise the possibility of unintended consequences. But there is no escaping the reality that the major voices driving anti-GMO activism are technophobes–naive and often destructive in their obsession.
Two prankster hosts an online comedy show went to an organic food convention and proceeded to pretend they were restaurant entrepreneurs serving up the latest in organic fare…but that was after a trip to McDonald’s where the stocked up on Chicken McNugget’s and other classics. The reaction of the “expert” taste testers is priceless!
While not identifying any specific evidence that pesticides or genetically modified crops might cause environmental or human damage, the NWRS took the unusual step this past summer of banning their use. Officials did so without articulating any rationale or following transparent procedures. What does this say about their commitment to science and ethics?
The claim that farmers would be able to save their seeds if only the patent rights of seed companies were curtailed and GM seeds were removed from the marketplace is not completely true.
Recently, Apple and Facebook faced the ire of the internet after both tech giants announced that they were offering upwards to $20,000 to female employees to freeze their egg cells. What they thought would be embraced has turned into a PR nightmare. But really, egg-freezing isn’t new neither are the reasons to say ‘no’.
Campaigns for anti-GMO candidates and anti-GMO initiatives and bills are taking place all over Hawaii. Daughter of a papaya farmer Joni Kamiya describes what she says is an increasingly hostile environment: yards signs destroyed, private property graffitied, individuals harassed and subject to personal attacks. “Where is the aloha?”