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crop rows

Food security: Socio-econonomic and environmental impacts of crop biotechnology

The economic impact of crop biotechnology continued to grow, according to a recently released report. The growth was particularly dramatic ...
Farmed Salmon

Soviet entrepreneur holds fate of GM salmon

If Americans ever eat genetically engineered fast-growing salmon, it might be because of a Soviet biologist turned oligarch turned government ...
crossing over

As gene mapping nears $1,000, will it improve our health?

The cost of mapping a person's full genetic profile has been dropping quickly. Now, doctors are struggling with a new ...
money

Risk and DNA: In search of the money gene

What makes someone want to start a business? That was what the young economist Philipp Koellinger was trying to figure ...
scale

Genes & obesity

The latest Genomics & Health Impact Update has a primer on genetic links to obesity—a must read. It also links ...
GE corn

Biotech Bogeymen

If you’re worried about pesticides, then the San Francisco Chronicle has a sweeping indictment of genetically engineered (GE) crops to ...
woman and doctor

Will Gattaca come true?

Noninvasive, early fetal tests for sex, paternity and chromosomal conditions will change pregnancy dramatically- and raise tricky ethical questions.A scientist ...
india farmers

Suicides in India over GM crops: How false anti-GM story took root

That indebted Indian farmers have taken their own lives in horribly high numbers is true. But it’s a complex story ...
farming

Combating depression with green care therapies

One example of a promising but under-studied therapy is "green care" or "care farming," a type of intervention that uses ...
superweeds

GM crops + herbicides = Super-Superweeds?

Herbicide-resistant superweeds threaten to overgrow U.S. fields, so agriculture companies have genetically engineered a new generation of plants to withstand ...
dairy cows

The perfect milk machine: How big data transformed the dairy industry

Dairy scientists are the Gregor Mendels of the genomics age, developing new methods for understanding the link between genes and ...
old age

Your genes decide how old you get

If your grandparents were able to celebrate their 90th birthday there’s a good chance you might do the same. Our ...