There has been a recent flurry of news and excitement about tracing the the genetics of athletic ability, effects of diets, personality and a range of diseases and behaviors. All are promising. But perhaps the most hopeful, and challenging, research is focused on addressing aging—how to help us live longer, but retain our health.
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 blog “10 Scientific Studies Proving GMOs Can Be Harmful To Human Health” has gotten a lot of play on cyberspace over the past six months. A scientist takes a hard look at the claims and finds the “studies” tell a much different story than anti-biotechnology activists seem to believe.
“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!
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.
Rob Saik, professional agrologist, certified agriculture consultant and founder of Agri-Trend, spoke at TEDx Red Deer, Alberta on GMOs. “Do you believe that agriculture can feed 9 billion people?” he asked. “The real question is will agriculture be allowed to feed 9 billion people?” “I believe the anti-science movement is the biggest threat to global […]