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.
Fifteen years ago, stem cell therapies captivated the public’s perception of emerging medical treatments and offered the promise of replacing diseased tissues of the body with identical matches, offering hope for multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease. But since then, delivery of these promises have fallen short.
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?
With a mandatory GMO label law recently passed in Vermont, and more in the hopper, scientists and the food and agricultural industries are looking at how these state level laws would play out in terms of logistics, costs and benefits to consumers.
A new database of Ashkenazi Jewish genomes will aid disease research. It’s also strengthened the evidence that most Jews are descendants of a few hundred Middle Eastern migrants, mostly men, who settled in Eastern Europe a millennia ago.
What does a left-leaning, holistic food embracing American woman think about the increasingly rancorous debate over GMOs? Maybe there is a way to navigate our differences that respects not only the science but the passion of the reasonable amongst us.