The Clones are Coming: Airing on BBC America, the popular show Orphan Black already has included a goldmine of conversation starters highlighting social implications of human #reproductive cloning, and policy and societal issues of other biotechnologies that human cloning could facilitate. But is the spotlight on eugenics something that is a foreshadowing of what’s to come, especially with the increasingly overpopulated Earth?
When Facebook’s co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s married Priscilla Chan, it highlighted a growing and seemingly recent trend: Jewish men marrying Asian women. It turns out, according to a recent DNA study, that Ashkenazi-Chinese intermarriage has ancient precedents.
Artificial intelligence (AI) may become so advanced that some computer minds may achieve sentience–consciousness and self-awareness. This might means thinking machines should be accorded what’s currently reserved only for human beings: “human” rights.
Washington Post releases a new interactive feature online that delves into 7 ways medical technology has evolved over the past several years to help prolong human life. Are you ready to play the game? Can you survive through to your 100s? But is it really this simple?
In prehistoric times, the more dominant male was the more successful hunter, and he was physically stronger than most other males. Today, the archetype has evolved to mean a tall guy, with a deep, confident voice and maybe a little facial stubble.
Arsenic levels are high in rice and rice products, since the rice plants take it up from groundwater. New research has identified a protein that certain rice plants use to keep the arsenic away from the grain – the part we eat. Perhaps it can be genetically engineered into all rice to reduce arsenic levels in our food supply.
The answer, in the future, is “yes,” but refining our understanding of personalized genomics means it will take time to bring such innovations to fruition.
It’s planting season and gardeners are taking to the soil. Alas, two of the country’s largest home seed companies are exploiting anti-GMO hysteria in a brazen effort to drive sales.
Scientists who work for corporations, particularly in the agricultural or pharmaceutical industries, often face accusations that they are “shills,” and their research is often given short shrift from journalists in favor of “independent” researchers in academia.
Dr. Oz gets it wrong again on science, this time on genetic engineering on last week’s show on the non-browning Arctic Apple.
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“Superweeds” is a term bandied about by Consumer Reports, the Union of Concerned Scientists and other anti-GMO groups as a way to suggest that modern farming, anchored by GMO seeds, is out of control. But they don’t really exist. Normal weeds do, and that’s bad enough.