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.
Beyond X and Y chromosomes, scientists postulate genes and environmental exposures play a roll in making sons or daughters more common in families
Monitoring brain functions can tell us a lot about neurobiological structures and what’s going on. But now we have the ability to actually ‘see’ the brain’s neurons communicating by ‘flaring’ genes. That opens the possibility for new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.
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.
Glass house alert: Stonyfield’s yogurts are filled with unknown and unlabeled chemicals. Shouldn’t you “just label it”, Gary?
Anti-GMO activists like to point to organic food as free of pesticides. They are not, and some chemicals used are more harmful and do more collateral damage than synthetic pesticides.
Certain diseases have been observed to occur more frequently in certain seasons. The reason involves inflammation and the mechanism operates through the turning on and off of thousands of genes that are regulated according to the amount of sunlight.
Confounding many scientists, the public remains skeptical of GM foods yet embraces biotech medicines. Why the difference? What can we learn about the ‘mind of the public.’