Ethical 'decision day': How should we regulate 'gene editing' of humans?

Ethical ‘decision day’: How should we regulate ‘gene editing’ of humans?

Should we tinker with the genes of our descendants? It's been a futuristic ethical debate for half a century. Now ...
Unlocking healing powers of the 'neuroplastic' brain: Norman Doidge on why ancient faith healers may have been right

Unlocking healing powers of the ‘neuroplastic’ brain: Norman Doidge on why ancient faith healers may have been right

Organizational anthropologist and new GLP contributing writer addresses the 'mysteries of the mind'--how the natural plasticity of the brain can ...
It's 2015: Do you know where your genetic data are?

It’s 2015: Do you know where your genetic data are?

Are pharmaceutical or insurance companies looking at your DNA? Even when genomes do not identify individuals to which they belong, ...
Why human pheromone myth persists despite lack of scientific evidence

Why human pheromone myth persists despite lack of scientific evidence

Every year around Valentine's Day, there is a rash of stories in the news about sexy smells and pheromones. You ...

For some pregnant women, prenatal genetic test results in cancer diagnosis

MaterniT21 PLUS was the first noninvasive prenatal test (NIPT) to hit the market, in October 2011, and Sequenom has sold ...
New packaging for old idea: Can a sense of purpose improve cardiac health?

New packaging for old idea: Can a sense of purpose improve cardiac health?

Media are quick to promote sketchy studies suggesting that a "sense of purpose" is linked to good health. But feeling ...

23andMe to employ wealth of genetic data in research for cures

Personal genetics firm 23andMe is planning to use its database of health information to research possible cures for a range ...

Will genetically modifying embryos create real life dystopia?

Citing safety fears for babies, genetics researchers called for a halt to experiments that would alter the DNA of human ...
Peak food? Can food tech supercharge crop yields and address global food security?

Peak food? Can food tech supercharge crop yields and address global food security?

Breakthroughs are helping researchers 'supercharge' photosynthesis and increase rice yields. But anti-GMO critics say food security should focus on distribution, ...

How natural poison drove evolution of South American community

The Atacama Desert straddles the Andes Mountains, reaching into parts of Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Little rain falls on ...

Substitutions like Non-GMO can be inferior or harmful

Many supposedly health-conscious consumers who choose products with labels like “BPA-Free” or “non-GMO” may be getting less than they bargained ...

Pro-GMO campaign tours to bring golden rice to Asia

A campaign is set to be launched on March 16 in the country to allow golden rice for tackling Vitamin ...

Microbiome study allows participants access to own data

The following excerpts are from Medium reporter Ernesto Ramirez's interview with Stanford University microbiome researcher Les Dethlefsen, whose Dynamics of Human ...

Lack of proven benefit highlights danger of genetic tests for cancer

Online ads for genetic cancer tests that promise to identify the best treatment “to kill your cancer” and match the ...

To begin to understand the brain, we need to first identify what we don’t know

In trying to brainstorm a list of unsolved problems in neuroscience, I read the a multitude of sources and asked ...

US Marines study finds link between PTSD and immune system

A new study of blood samples from US Marines has identified genetic markers associated with post-traumatic stress disorder that are ...
Evolution is weird: Killer diseases save lives and make us smarter?

Evolution is weird: Killer diseases save lives and make us smarter?

Inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, Tay-Sachs disease and certain breast cancers can kill you or make life very challenging. So why ...

Egg-freezing advocates invoke fear to win patients

Mark Surrey, fertility specialist to the Kardashians, opens with the story of a 44-year-old lawyer who waited too long to ...

Why touch is so important to emotional, physical wellbeing

Touch is the first of the senses to develop in the human infant, and it remains perhaps the most emotionally ...

Why we should be concerned about antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Scientists and public-health officials are a careful bunch who don't often paint doomsday scenarios. That is, unless they're talking about ...
Is dancing success 'in your genes'?

Is dancing success ‘in your genes’?

Dance may have evolved for a variety of reasons. To what degree are athletes hardwired? Can your moves on the ...

Will gene therapy make humans masters of own evolution?

Human genetic engineering is not new; it has been going on for a long, long time — naturally. Ancient viruses ...

Consumers willing to pay more for GM potatoes with food safety benefits

New research from an Iowa State Univ. economist found consumers were willing to spend more for genetically modified potato products ...
Gene therapy dilemma: Would you tweak your child's genes if it might prolong life but leave her deaf?

Gene therapy dilemma: Would you tweak your child’s genes if it might prolong life but leave her deaf?

New gene therapies can bring collateral consequences--solving one heath problem but creating another. Patients, healthcare providers and insurance companies are ...
5 reasons how Consumer Reports rejects science on GMOs

5 reasons how Consumer Reports rejects science on GMOs

Consumer Reports is escalating its opposition to GMO foods. Now, even responses to subscriber/customer inquiries are met with the a ...
Investigative food journalism should go for more than the yuck factor

Investigative food journalism should go for more than the yuck factor

Recent articles in the UK news media have 'lifted the lid' on the production of convenience food. While on the ...
The Death of death? Review of "Evolving Ourselves" and unnatural selection

The Death of death? Review of “Evolving Ourselves” and unnatural selection

The meat of this controversial new book is the immense array of futurist and transhumanist possibilities for driving change on ...

Gene transfer therapy could replace vaccines, treat HIV

A team of scientists has announced what could prove to be an enormous step forward in the fight against H.I.V ...