Canada is gearing up to pass a law against genetic discrimination. How is the rest of the world dealing with the legal implications of genetic information and how effective are these laws?
Advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment could yield valuable insights for depression researchers, who struggle to understand the role of genetics in mental health.
Antibodies and T cell receptors recognize all of the proteins in our bodies, and thereby provide a record of everything to which we’ve been exposed. Scientists hope to monitor this record over time to look for signatures of disease before clinical symptoms manifest.
The science behind personalized genomics is moving fast. Scientists are circumspect, start-ups are enthusiastic, and if we’re not careful over-hype and a lack of skepticism could undermine the promise of the genomics revolution.
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.
A number of prominent journalists, who report fairly and objectively about GMO foods, are urging food and seed companies to lay down their arms and embrace various forms of GMO labeling. It’s inevitable they claim; cut your losses. Bruce Chassy, a food science professor with decades of experience in this field believes they are well meaning but naive.
Is the tide shifting on the state-by-state approach by anti-GMO activists to impose the labeling of genetically modified foods?
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.
A just release paper confirms male homosexuality is associated with a particular section of the X chromosome. Researchers are convinced that localizing which genes trigger—or just influence–sexual orientation may come sooner rather than later.
Two “Harvard studies” by nutritionist Chensheng Lu are the linchpin of the claim that we face a global bee collapse and that neonicotinoid pesticides are to blame for Colony Collapse Disorder. The GLP examines Lu’s contentions, the state of bee health and the twisting of facts by prominent journalists, notably Tom Philpott, to support ideological views–and finds the science at odds with dire characterizations.