Billions have been spent on the “ultimate weapon” against cancer–gene-based, personalized medicine. But the money may be mis-aimed on the wrong kinds of cancer fighting drugs.
Being around the large number of germs in daycare may actually improve your child’s immune system. And we are now learning there may be in more profound health benefits.
Lifestyle changes have profound effects on human health, more so than most blockbuster drugs. But despite their potency, supplements, exercise and stress reduction aren’t going to repair your genes.
Researchers report creating genetically engineered yeast strains that take us one step closer to producing opiates using microbes. How did the media and scientists react to the story?
Sports, running in particular, provides a global laboratory for scientists hoping to understand what shapes human performance. Sports ability is not equally distributed among population groups–races using the popular lexicon–and it’s not racist to acknowledge or study that.
The recently approved GMO potato offers some unique advantages, including better color and lower levels of acrylamide, which has been linked in some studies to cancer. Will the government require labeling because of it’s ‘substantially different’ from non-GMO varieties?
A central canon of GMO critics is the belief that transgenics–transferring genes from one species to another–represents a ‘crime against Nature’. Now we know that Nature has been committing these “crimes” for eons.
Swedish writer trained in biology had embraced organic food and farming for years as a safer and healthier alternative to conventional food and especially as a way to avoid GMOs–what she now sees as the power of group illusions.
‘I used to work for Monsanto. I got to help people better understand a technology that I think holds immense promise to change our world for the better. But I rarely talk about it because of threats of violence.’
Science Power Hour host Vern Blazek interviews Kavin Senapathy, co-founder of March Against Myths About Modification. Known as MAMyths, the organization opposes misinformation from March Against Monsanto, a grassroots movement that began with anti-GMO sentiment, but has since entered conspiracy theory territory.
Technology causes problems and yes we’ve been irresponsible to the very environment that keeps us alive. But it can also fix the problems and protect us against existential threats to our species and that will occur. Letting nature run its course will drive us to extinction just as surely as a nuclear war.
The leading cause of life-altering disability in India is health risks linked to poor diets–which rice engineered to produce vitamin A, could go a long way toward alleviating. What are the research and political blocks to introducing this food, which scientists overwhelmingly believe could save millions of lives.