There’s a lot of talk about epigenetics in the news, but scientists still don’t know what it all means. A team of scientists has released a statement warning that careless speculation on new and complex research is putting too much pressure on mothers during, after, and even before pregnancy.
The link between our genetics and how we behave is the topic of much speculation, some if it highly controversial. But there are some instances where scientists can say with certainty that a particular gene influences human behavior.
Personalized genomics offers the opportunity to revolutionize medical care and our understanding of disease. But many first adopters won’t wait for the medical community to start large-scale sequencing. Using personal genomics companies, more than 2 million people have already been sequenced and their results are are creating online connections.
Cheaper genomic sequencing will give more patients and their physicians access to genetics in the healthcare system. But will that lower costs? Not necessarily says Peter Ubel, especially if you consider what happened with gallbladders.
Can GMOs help in the fight against global warming by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels? As scientists progress in improving biofuels through genetic engineering, how comfortable are we with so-called Frankenfuels?
Reports in the GLP and by Michael Specter have painted a devastating picture of Vandana Shiva as an extremist who has lost her moral bearings–one who puts crude ideology above empirical facts, hurting the very people she she claims to support. So why have so many reporters for so long conferred so much credibility on her obviously distorted world view?
Non GMO products are reportedly a $7 billion a year business — but do consumers get what they think they’re getting with this label? Critics say companies label foods with no possible GMO ingredients as ‘GMO free” or want to give a product a false aura of healthiness.
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.
Scientists are edging closer to a time when we can enhance good memories and banish paralyzing ones. While that offers obvious enticements — who would not want a way to banish post traumatic stress disorder — it also raises prickly ethical concerns.
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.’