In a subtle comment, a critic of biotech pointedly identified the number of companies a researcher has founded to underscore their wrong-minded participation in our capitalist economy. But it’s naive to believe that because someone operates on the cutting edge of biotech he or she should also eschew capitalism or ignore the ways science is funded.
The virus poses new challenges: the possibility of mutations that would make containing its spread more difficult and fears it could go airborne. A former CDC official believes current efforts at containing the epidemic may fall tragically short.
As cancer screenings grow more sophisticated, the chances of finding small, slow growing cancers has increased rapidly, at great cost to patients and the healthcare system. At the same time, genetic evidence shows many more people in some populations are at risk for aggressive types of the disease. How can we find a balance?
When longevity research is privately funded, what happens when the money runs dry?
Keith Kloor, science blogger at Discover, has sparked an intriguing debate about the use of the term “anti-science” to describe vaccine opponents and anti-GMO activists. Does it really make sense and advance the cause of encouraging a more contextualized debate about how we frame issues?
One of the more popular criticisms of genetically modified food revolves around fears that foods are being “contaminated” by “foreign” genes. In fact, all life share genes, as we all evolved from a primordial soup. But as guest contributor Professor Hannah notes, gene ‘exchanges’ among, even among species, are common even today.
Many activists frame the future of food as a pitched battle between organic based agroecology and crop biotechnology. But scientists see it differently. It’s all hands on deck, as the world’s food needs are growing sharply as the developing world grows and prospers.
Addressing environmental concerns is critical to counteract consequences of progress. But some of the causes embraced by activist groups can do more harm than good–and the less privileged often suffer the consequences.
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.