It’s not the use of recombinant technology, but rather capitalism and greed that has stigmatized genetic engineering in our culture. In order to save synthetic biology from the same fate, the field should be open source and DIY instead of rigorously patent protected.
Besides their ability to lie completely still in MRI scanners, making them excellent patients, corpses have a lot of offer forensic pathologists as they look for a more complete picture of what happens to the brain in death and test the limits and errors of scanning technology.
It’s been ten years since California voters approved their state-funded stem cell initiative. Critics have charged that the initiative as well as the benefits of stem cell treatments, have fallen short of the promise. The FDA has now approved the institute’s stem-cell derived type 1 diabetes treatment.
Before the advances that made agriculture possible, humans ate solely what they could hunt and gather, which varied wildly depending on where they lived. The modern ‘caveman diet’ overlooks this variation, perhaps to the detriment of its adherents.
One of the most common criticisms of GMOs is that ‘almost all the research is industry funded’ and therefore cannot be trusted. Setting aside the issue of what research is trustworthy, the non-profit Biology Fortified examined hundreds of studies to determine if that allegation is credible. It’s not.
Anti-GMO leaders often claim that they are not against crop biotechnology; their only desire is a ‘right to know’ what’s in their food. The GLP examined their actual comments. It turns out that empowering consumers is far down on their agenda. Their only real goal is to ban a promising technology in all of its forms.
Vandana Shiva’s status as a celebrity anti-GMO activist is not in question, but virtually everything else about her, from her educational credentials to her challenge of the Green Revolution to her claim that GMOs are causing mass genocide among farmers in India, undermines her stated commitment to empowering the poor.
Supporters and critics of crop biotechnology clash over whether GMOs can help ‘feed the world’–or even whether we have a genuine food crisis.
Richard Dawkins tweeted that abortion is the moral choice for a Down syndrome fetus. As usual, vilification ensued. But the data say most women agree with him.
Polls show that support for GMOs is weakest among those who call themselves liberals. But slowly that’s begun to change as the most prominent moderate and liberal publications embrace the technology and reject mandatory labeling as ‘anti-science.’