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?
As often happens in times of medical crises, fringe groups come out from hiding–in this instance, organic activists in the form of the most high profile organic lobby group in the United States, the Organic Consumers Association, which is promoting the view that the government is part of a corporate conspiracy to push drugs rather than ‘natural remedies’ to treat Ebola.
Millions of people have lately adopted a gluten-free diet by self-diagnosing with gluten sensitivities in spite of the fact there is no medical test to prove their condition exists. Is the phenomenon a reactionary fad or is the science catching up to the condition?
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.
In 1987 the US National Academy of Sciences stated there were no new risks from plants created using recombinant DNA technology. Twenty-seven years later, a mountain of research continues to confirm this statement.
Greenpeace is launching another offensive against Golden Rice, promoting organic-based agriculture as an alternative model and promoting alternative forms of genetic modification.
Two prankster hosts an online comedy show went to an organic food convention and proceeded to pretend they were restaurant entrepreneurs serving up the latest in organic fare…but that was after a trip to McDonald’s where the stocked up on Chicken McNugget’s and other classics. The reaction of the “expert” taste testers is priceless!
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not getting much media attention, but the White House has declared a moratorium on some kinds of virus research and withdrawn federal funding.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.