Blamed simultaneously for obesity, diabetes, bowel disease and even Alzheimer’s the colonies of bacteria that live in our gut, our microbiomes, get a lot of flack. But researchers caution that there is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ or ‘correct’ bacterial balance. And our insistence on making these disease-related claims might be keeping us from learning vital information about how our gut bacteria and health interact.
Using a technique called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, it’s possible to screen embryos for disease and sex before they are implanted into a mother’s womb. Is this the end of human disease and the beginning of a new eugenics?
A widely publicized study showed that a component in chocolate may have protective anti-aging effects for the brain. But based on the study’s size and the amount of active ingredients involved, prescriptions for daily chocolate consumption are a long way off.
High yield genetic sequencers, cell phones and paper-based diagnostics are all being employed to develop a cohesive picture of the world’s largest Ebola outbreak and how to treat and stop the disease. Can the work get out of the lab and into the field soon enough?
In 2013, when PLoS One published a research paper, Complete Genes May Pass from Food to Human Blood, anti-GMO activists claimed they had proof that GMOs can “transfer” into our bodies, and threaten human health. Now it turns out the hysteria they tried to generate was based on a study that its researchers believe went awry. Typical […]
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.
Today, the Frankenstein story is invoked in exactly the opposite way that Shelley wrote it – it is invoked as a reason to retreat back into the world of superstition and ignorance, before medicine, modern fertilizers, and GMOs.
The Green Revolution that began in the 1940s and ’50s brought about large increases in crop yields and saved hundreds of millions of people from famine. Now, plant breeders and biotechnologists are working on a new Green Revolution to make crops produce more nutrients, a process called biofortification.
It’s not getting much media attention, but the White House has declared a moratorium on some kinds of virus research and withdrawn federal funding. Like ethical issues in other kinds of genetic research, whether this is a good idea or a bad one is subject to dispute.
Who are the most experienced, trained, independent and trustworthy scientists and commentators on the GMO debate? Anti-GMO advocacy groups promote a tight coterie of “experts” who they claim are independent, purer than snow and deeply committed to the public interest–in contrast to the pro-corporate shills who defend the technology. The facts tell a different story.