Despite the yuck factor, bacteria that colonize our bodies are proving to be an effective source of medical treatments including a new antibiotic derived from a vaginal microbe.
The explanation of the inheritance of intelligence has long been studied, but without any blockbuster results. A new study adds to the body work by identifying three intelligence genes in a large study population. But combined, the effect adds up to less than 2 IQ points. Is the search fruitless?
Personal genomics products continue to have unintended consequences that end either in joyous occasion, but often times also come with tragic implications of incidental paternity findings.
Recent court cases show the law favors hospitals and law enforcement rather than individuals when it comes to handing genomic property.
Solving societal challenges in food security, emerging diseases and biodiversity loss will require evolutionary thinking in order to be effective in the long run. Inattention to this will only lead to greater challenges such as short-lived medicines and agricultural treatments, problems that may ultimately hinder sustainable development, argues a new study published online today in Science […]
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman describes how critics of Obamacare stay misinformed, not only because they have incorrect information but because they expose themselves to only “friendly” information sources which limit what is reported. Does that also describe why activist critics of GMOs reject the scientific findings about genetic engineering?
According to GMO critics, livestock around the world are developing cancer and dropping like flies after eating genetically engineered feed. They are the ‘canary in the mines,’ they claim, foreshadowing mass health problems in humans. What’s the evidence? A review of animals feed trillions of meals with GMOs has just been released.
Skeptics of GMOs often voice concern over cross-pollination–what activists say is the potential for the ‘contamination’ of neighboring fields by GMO crops. How big a concern is this? A GLP guest contributor addresses what farmers do to mitigate cross-pollination and how can farmers co-exist.
New evidence shows that women without a family history of breast cancer often carry disease-causing mutations in BRCA 1 and 2 genes. Now prominent researchers are urging that recommendations be changed to screen every woman, regardless of their ancestry or family history.
Will new gene editing techniques that don’t involve the insertion of “foreign” genes soften the opposition to genetic modification? Researchers claim they are light years more sophisticated than current methods, posing challenges to regulators and steadfast GMO opponents.