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?
Scientists have often wondered if evolution happened all over again, what would life on earth look like? A Harvard biologist uses vast numbers of yeast colonies to find out the answer, and it might surprise you.
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.
The announcement that General Mills is buying Annie’s touched off raving commotion on social media about the ‘natural foods’ company selling out to a supposedly uncaring, pro-GMO conglomerate that will ruin the brand.
The GLP’s executive director speaks at the National Academy of Sciences, which embarks on a comprehensive study of the “purported” benefits and challenges of genetically engineered crops and explores where the technology may be headed. The NAS report is expected to be published in spring 2016.