Researchers are beginning to unlock the mystery of the origins of the complex disorder known as autism. Yes, it’s mostly ‘in the genes’,’ but what that means is one of many questions that remain to be answered.
Report from China of the first genetically modified human embryos using gene editing technologies has resulted in a collective response of concern and outrage. But are we missing out nuances of the story?
“Transgender” is a term that Just a few years ago was nonexistent in the news. These day, hardly a week goes by without at least one news story on the subject. Amidst all of this is Bruce Jenner, whose coming out has become a public spectacle.
Scientists have discovered how a gene mutation can lead to diseases that occur when the immune system attacks the body by mistake. Understanding how this mutation works could help scientists develop better treatments for autoimmune diseases.
There are dozens of studies showing correlations between genes political attitudes, but the fact is the genetic information in our DNA isn’t enough to account for complexity of our ideology.
Agroecology is widely touted as an alternative to farming that uses GMOs. Yet it’s really about, or should be about, sustainable farming. Those who reject technological advances in farming are neither ecological nor benefitting the developing world.
Any doubt that the liberal intelligentsia’s former monolithic rejection of GMO foods is cracking, and fast, were dispelled this week in Aasif Mandvi’s hilarious take down of chief anti-GMO activist and former flying yogic instructor Jeffrey Smith. He didn’t know what hit him.
Coffee is ubiquitous, grown in more than 70 countries. But it’s also a drug, with caffeine as the primary psychoactive agent. But it includes a host of other chemicals as well. It’s beloved by many but how safe it is has been the subject of fierce debate.
European anti-GMO activists have invaded and colonized India, gumming up the regulatory process in a massive foreign-based scare campaign, slowing the introduction of GM crops that could dramatically reduce pesticide use.
It’s become very fashionable to get overly focused and concerned over the food choices we have. Guess what: That’s as unhealthy for most people as eating the “wrong” kinds of foods.
We evolved in an environment that provides constant low level radiation. Our cells are good at dealing with it, and at low doses, it’s not much of a health issue. Moreover, by stimulating DNA repair and other normal functions in our cells, it’s quite possible that low dose radiation could be good for you.
GLP’s newest contributing writer, a Canadian, is a former conventional farmer who went organic a few years ago. Now she finds herself under attack by organic critics who claim that her newly adopted farming practices are less technologically advanced and sustainable. She responds, like a scientist-farmer.