Health & Wellness

Through the study and use of genetics, we can identify measures that could lead to the improvement of human health and wellness. These methods and procedures aim to prevent years of chronic disease and thousands of dollars in health care costs, and provide families and communities with knowledge of how to live healthier.

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Stem cell research 12/7/18

Transplanting stem cells directly into brain could alter treatment of nervous system disorders

A therapeutic technique to transplant blood-forming (hematopoietic) stem cells directly into the brain could herald a revolution in our approach ...
cholesterol-test-thinkstock-2 12-7-2107

In era of personalized medicine, what’s the value of cholesterol tests?

Most physicians order what [cardiologist Allan Sniderman] considers the wrong test to gauge heart disease risk: a standard cholesterol readout, ...
GMOs in South Africa: Benefits of biotech crops changing women farmers' minds

GMOs in South Africa: Benefits of biotech crops changing women farmers’ minds

As a young girl, Tepsy Eve Ntseoane never thought she’d grow up to be a farmer, let alone an advocate for ...
uterus-transplant-birth 12-7-2017

First US baby born from living donor uterus transplant

For the first time in the United States, a woman who had a uterus transplant has given birth. The mother, ...
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Gene therapy challenge: How much should it cost and how do we pay for it?

When evaluating the high prices of one-time gene therapy treatments, should we look to the costs of organ transplants when ...
Fighting infectious diseases with immunotherapy on 'cusp of commercialization'

Fighting infectious diseases with immunotherapy on ‘cusp of commercialization’

Immunotherapy, which involves adapting immune cells to destroy specific cellular targets, has made a name for itself treating cancer. But ...
Organic food helps you get pregnant? Media outlets fall for 'activist science'

Organic food helps you get pregnant? Media outlets fall for ‘activist science’

[Editor's note: Terence Bradshaw is a research associate at the University of Vermont. He has a PhD in plant & soil science.] ...
Gene drives could combat exploding population of poison-resistant subway rats and other pests

Gene drives could combat exploding population of poison-resistant subway rats and other pests

Figures ... show that London councils receive 100 complaints about rats and mice each day with some local authorities reporting ...
high iq 12/7/17

High IQ correlates with success—but also mood disorders, anxiety and autism

There’s some bad news for people in the right tail of the IQ bell curve. In a study just published in the ...
US House science committee warns IARC it 'may reconsider taxpayer funding'

US House science committee warns IARC it ‘may reconsider taxpayer funding’

U.S. congressional committee members warned on Friday [Dec. 8] that Washington’s funding of the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency ...
Organic movement schism? Fight over hydroponics puts $50 billion industry in limbo

Organic movement schism? Fight over hydroponics puts $50 billion industry in limbo

The USDA's ruling that crops grown using hydroponics and aquaculture can be labeled organic set off a heated debate over ...
narco 12-11-17-1

Chasing a cure for narcolepsy—and why it should be a priority

For the first 20 years of his life, Henry Nicholls had a healthy relationship with sleep. Shortly after his 21st ...
Top 5 most ridiculous types of Non-GMO Project labeled products

Top 5 most ridiculous types of Non-GMO Project labeled products

The stuff with no G to M It would stand to reason that any Non-GMO Project certified item would have ...
Hemophilia 12/7/17

Gene therapy could be ‘ideal cure’ for hemophilia B

[L]ast year, [Jay] Konduros enrolled in a clinical trial, receiving an experimental gene therapy at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [to ...
Women in science: Geneticist Pamela Ronald, developer of GMO flood-resistant rice

Women in science: Geneticist Pamela Ronald, developer of GMO flood-resistant rice

[T]he breakthrough that finally created rice seeds strong enough to stand up to blight and flood came when Pamela Ronald ...
Overcoming genetic risks with healthy lifestyle choices

Overcoming genetic risks with healthy lifestyle choices

It is often said in the context of lifestyle diseases that “genetics loads the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger.” This ...
'Roundup Facing the Judges': Documentary promotes glyphosate conspiracy theories, pseudoscience

‘Roundup Facing the Judges’: Documentary promotes glyphosate conspiracy theories, pseudoscience

[Editor's note: Øystein Heggdal is a Norwegian agronomist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and natural resources. He is ...
Why some Amish are genetically wired to live longer

Why some Amish are genetically wired to live longer

Although known mainly for their adherence to an older, simpler way of life, some Amish folks also have a genetic ...
Future of heart medicine: Stem cells to grow cardiac muscle and smaller medical implants

Future of heart medicine: Stem cells to grow cardiac muscle and smaller medical implants

If heart transplantation - 50 years after Christiaan Barnard carried out the first operation - has become routine, what exactly ...
Viewpoint: EU's glyphosate herbicide fight reveals limits of Europe-wide governance

Viewpoint: EU’s glyphosate herbicide fight reveals limits of Europe-wide governance

Glyphosate, the ubiquitous herbicide, may not really be poison, but it could well be the most politicized substance in Europe. In ...
twins 12/7/17-1

Why all identical twins who are overweight are not identically obese

Identical twins have the same genomes, but they don't always look exactly the same, particularly in regards to weight. Science ...
Skin color and 'race': Genetics reveal complicated relationship

Skin color and ‘race’: Genetics reveal complicated relationship

For much of recorded history, skin color has been loaded with powerful social meaning. Skin color plays a major part ...
Anti-GMO group March Against Monsanto promotes, profits from anti-vaccine ads

Anti-GMO group March Against Monsanto promotes, profits from anti-vaccine ads

Visit the March Against Monsanto website and you'll see a strange ad peppering the pages, among the usual dubious stories about ...
Fighting poverty with GMOs: Filipino farmers turn to insect-resistant Bt corn to boost yields, income

Fighting poverty with GMOs: Filipino farmers turn to insect-resistant Bt corn to boost yields, income

Agricultural choices don't just affect food availability. They also have significant economic and social ramifications. A case in point is the ...
Viewpoint: Food Evolution movie shows GMO supporters 'you're not alone'

Viewpoint: Food Evolution movie shows GMO supporters ‘you’re not alone’

If you have the opportunity to see the documentary “Food Evolution,” do it. It has been the most talked-about food and agriculture ...
Economist: EU's GMO crop ban likely led to lower corn, soybean yields in Europe compared to US

Economist: EU’s GMO crop ban likely led to lower corn, soybean yields in Europe compared to US

Is it true that a ban on GM crops in the European Union has hurt productivity? Most likely yes, retired ...
Exorbitant costs of gene therapy raise payment concerns for patients and government

Exorbitant costs of gene therapy raise payment concerns for patients and government

[Editor's note: Executives from several companies developing gene therapies gathered for a panel discussion at the recent Forbes Healthcare Summit, ...
'To lose them would be a disaster': More than 20 wild relatives of modern crops added to 'threatened' list

‘To lose them would be a disaster’: More than 20 wild relatives of modern crops added to ‘threatened’ list

Wild relatives of modern crops deemed crucial for food security are being pushed to the brink of extinction, according to ...