Will organic community embrace gene editing if it restores ancient crops?

Will organic community embrace gene editing if it restores ancient crops?

Precision genetic engineering techniques could bring back beneficial genes from wild relatives of crops without using foreign genes. The concept ...
Could the boom in personal genomics backfire?

Could the boom in personal genomics backfire?

The science behind personalized medicine is moving fast. Scientists are circumspect, start-ups are enthusiastic, and if we’re not careful, over-hype ...
Native Americans fear potential exploitation of their DNA

Native Americans fear potential exploitation of their DNA

To many tribal people, having a scientist come in from the outside looking to use their DNA to tell them ...
Nature busts anti-GMO myth: Gene swapping among plants, insects common occurence

Nature busts anti-GMO myth: Gene swapping among plants, insects common occurence

Examining the genes of wasps, moths and butterflies reveals widespread genetic exchange between species. What does this mean for our ...
Autism increase mystery solved? No, it's not vaccines, GMOs, glyphosate—or organic foods

Autism increase mystery solved? No, it’s not vaccines, GMOs, glyphosate—or organic foods

A change in how we diagnose and report autism and not vaccines, glyphosate or chemtrails is the prime mover as ...
Does CRISPR clinical trial on humans proposal bring more questions than answers?

Does CRISPR clinical trial on humans proposal bring more questions than answers?

Researchers have proposed the first human trials involving CRISPR gene editing. Is this really a landmark moment for human genetics? ...
Proposal for second Human Genome Project draws mix of criticism and acclaim

Proposal for second Human Genome Project draws mix of criticism and acclaim

A group of scientists have proposed a bold plan to build the human genome from scratch that could greatly benefit ...
Synthetic biology on a piece of paper: Brighter future for disease diagnostics?

Synthetic biology on a piece of paper: Brighter future for disease diagnostics?

A new technology that allows synthetic gene circuits to be printed on paper could allow us to cheaply and accurately ...
Was Harvard meeting on synthesizing human genome too “secretive”?

Was Harvard meeting on synthesizing human genome too “secretive”?

A meeting at Harvard synthesizing a human genome from scratch drew criticism for its apparent secrecy. Was the criticism warranted ...
Lab grown human embryos: Scientific progress collides with ethical dilemma

Lab grown human embryos: Scientific progress collides with ethical dilemma

New achievements in our ability to grow and maintain human embryos in the lab point to great promise, but also ...
Epigenetic clinics promise big results, but should public, media be skeptical of claims?

Epigenetic clinics promise big results, but should public, media be skeptical of claims?

Many companies are promising new cures based on epigenetic tests. How can the media evaluate these claims and report them ...
Can epigenetics explain the negative effects of smoking during pregnancy?

Can epigenetics explain the negative effects of smoking during pregnancy?

It is widely known that smoking during pregnancy has negative impacts on the future child. Could epigenetics underlie the link ...
Knowledge of genetic risks from personal DNA tests may not help in changing behavior

Knowledge of genetic risks from personal DNA tests may not help in changing behavior

With the explosion of personal genetic testing, do we really know if they help you change your behavior for the ...
'Scientists grow human brain in a lab'--The science reality behind the headlines

‘Scientists grow human brain in a lab’–The science reality behind the headlines

Reports of an "almost fully formed brain" grown in the lab using stem cells made headlines recently. Did media jump ...
Are genetically engineered mosquitoes realistic solution to Zika?

Are genetically engineered mosquitoes realistic solution to Zika?

Several modern genetic tools are being developed to reduce or eliminate mosquitoes that carry epidemic causing viruses. Is it realistic ...
Spread of GM mosquito conspiracy theory hurts fight against Zika

Spread of GM mosquito conspiracy theory hurts fight against Zika

False claims circulating about GM mosquitoes causing the Zika virus outbreak are threatening to take the focus away from more ...
Could genetically engineered mosquitoes fight vector-borne diseases like dengue and Zika?

Could genetically engineered mosquitoes fight vector-borne diseases like dengue and Zika?

Can genetically engineering mosquitos control Zika and dengue? Field trials in Brazil may provide the answer ...
Everything you need to know about Zika, virus that's spreading like wildfire

Everything you need to know about Zika, virus that’s spreading like wildfire

What is known about the Zika virus, an infection linked to birth defects. Could it arrive in the United States ...
Cancer and the bad luck of random mutations

Cancer and the bad luck of random mutations

New research suggests the risk of most cancers can be attributed to environmental factors, countering the so called "bad luck" ...
Medical first use of gene editing in humans, reversing leukemia, points to promising future

Medical first use of gene editing in humans, reversing leukemia, points to promising future

With this leukemia reversal, gene editing has now demonstrated remarkable promise and fueled optimism about future uses. But experts urge ...
CRISPR crisis: Is UK researcher's human embryo gene editing research cause for worry?

CRISPR crisis: Is UK researcher’s human embryo gene editing research cause for worry?

A UK researcher has applied for a license to conduct human embryo genome editing research, raising concerns among some that ...
Has FDA approval of 23andMe tests put the personal genetics revolution back on track?

Has FDA approval of 23andMe tests put the personal genetics revolution back on track?

Fresh off FDA approval, 23andMe is selling its direct-to-consumer tests again. What does this mean for personal genetics testing as ...
Experts reluctant to speak out on 'hot button' fetal tissue research

Experts reluctant to speak out on ‘hot button’ fetal tissue research

The Planned Parenthood controversy threatens to result in a ban for fetal tissue research. The problem is exacerbated because experts ...
Are laws pertaining to Down syndrome genetic counseling cause for concern?

Are laws pertaining to Down syndrome genetic counseling cause for concern?

A spate of state laws passed in the last few years mandates what information health care providers must give to ...
Are imperfect, 'leaky' vaccines resulting in emergence of nastier viruses?

Are imperfect, ‘leaky’ vaccines resulting in emergence of nastier viruses?

Some in medicine argue that 'imperfect' vaccines that do not eliminate all viruses from the host may lead to the ...
New wave of HIV vaccines: Promises that can be fulfilled or more pipe dreams?

New wave of HIV vaccines: Promises that can be fulfilled or more pipe dreams?

A cure for AIDS has remained elusive despite occasional if brief bursts of research optimism. We again are witnessing a ...
UK GM wheat trial highlights costs of violent activism

UK GM wheat trial highlights costs of violent activism

The failure of GM wheat developed by UK researchers to repel pests not only highlighted the scientific process, but also ...
Preventing brain disease by eating brains? Science doesn't support sensationalized reporting

Preventing brain disease by eating brains? Science doesn’t support sensationalized reporting

Is there a genetic cure for dementia? Recent news reports of a mutation that can protect against a deadly form ...