The unusually poor effectiveness of this year’s flu vaccine calls for renewed efforts to create better vaccines, faster. What do we need to know about human biology?
It’s been the stuff of science fiction: Sending miniaturized machines through the human body to repair organs internally, without the need for invasive surgery. Now the first version of one of these nanotechnologies has been realized.
What are the risks of altering our biological clocks with long term rotating shift work? Can the biolgical clock be reset? New research offers promise.
Using genetic modification, nanotechnology, bionics, reconstructive surgery, hormones, drugs or any combination of these approaches, real-life human enhancement is looking ever more achievable.
The controversy surrounding a study that suggests cancer is mostly due to bad luck has some lessons for science reporting. Many scientists took umbrage to the conclusions…and the author of the editorial on the innovation was moved to reconsider her reporting.
“What could be more basic to freedom than food freedom and food democracy?” declared Indian anti-GMO activist megastar Vandana Shiva at a rally in Hawaii this week, seeking to restrict GMOs. Is Shiva a progressive idealist or a reactionary sensationalist who threatens to set the movement for global food security back decades.
Anti-GMO activists and even some media reports claim that farmers growing GM crops “douse” or “drench” their fields in “dangerous chemicals,” glyphosate in particular. GLP’s Iowa farmer contributing writer unmasks the farce of that claim. It would sure improve dialogue if people who write about farming actually knew how it worked.
New dairy-free genetically modified milk and cheese products could appeal to vegan’s environmental sensibilities. But they also face likely activist pushback over concerns about GMOs and what constitutes “natural” food.
OMG! Deoxyribonucleic acid risks contaminating all of our food. Where is Gary Hirshberg when we REALLY need him! Just Label It!
The Girl Scouts cookie-selling fund-raising season kicked off this week, again pitting anti-GMO moms against the venerable scouting organization in an annual scrum. GSA reaffirmed its endorsement of statements by every major global science organization that GM ingredients are as safe or safer than organic or other conventional ones.
Insects that humans have always regarded as nothing but pests are being exploited for good purposes —as genomic sources of information to address human disease. The common house fly, as it turns out, has benefits, including reducing animal manure mass, fecal sludge, municipal waste, food scraps and restaurant and market waste.
Pro organic researchers use pretzel logic to draw misleading conclusions about the ability of organic systems to close the yield gap with conventional (and GMO) farming. Obsession with organic ag distracts from solutions that more sustainable solutions—Conservation Agriculture.