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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Viewpoint: Anti-GMO scare tactics show need for scientific literacy

Viewpoint: Anti-GMO scare tactics show need for scientific literacy

Many of the arguments made by organic supporters and GMO critics aren't supported by science. That combination can have harmful ...
Migraine relief: First drug in 20 years that can prevent and cut in half length of attacks

Migraine relief: First drug in 20 years that can prevent and cut in half length of attacks

A new migraine drug that can halve the length of attacks has been hailed as “the start of real change” ...
Genetics and eating: Why diets don't work the same for everyone

Genetics and eating: Why diets don’t work the same for everyone

New research from scientists at Texas A&M University found that a standard diet doesn’t work for everyone, in a study ...
French farmers: 3 years too short to develop viable replacement for glyphosate herbicide

French farmers: 3 years too short to develop viable replacement for glyphosate herbicide

President Emmanuel Macron’s promise to rid France of controversial weedkiller glyphosate within three years has left some farmers in the ...
What can other African countries learn from South Africa's experience with GMO crops?

What can other African countries learn from South Africa’s experience with GMO crops?

Despite promotion of GM crops, adoption has been slow across the continent. South Africa began using the technology in the ...
Neuron by neuron: We often examine the brain too closely to see the big picture

Neuron by neuron: We often examine the brain too closely to see the big picture

[Rafael Yuste thinks neuroscientists have been looking at the brain too close. “It’s just like a TV screen—if you’re watching ...
Surrogate granted limited parental visitation rights by UK court, rejecting genetic connection

Surrogate granted limited parental visitation rights by UK court, rejecting genetic connection

In the surrogacy world, one of the worst case scenarios for intended parents is that the surrogate will change her ...
Reexamining common genetics lesson: At least 49 genes contribute to earlobe attachment

Reexamining common genetics lesson: At least 49 genes contribute to earlobe attachment

A common, hands-on method for teaching genetics in grade school encourages students to compare their earlobes with those of their ...
Genomics AI tool: Google’s DeepVariant released as open source

Genomics AI tool: Google’s DeepVariant released as open source

A novel artificial intelligence tool that can accurately call out variants in sequencing data was released as open source on the ...
USDA again probes National Organic Program's 'weak' import controls, putting label's integrity at risk

USDA again probes National Organic Program’s ‘weak’ import controls, putting label’s integrity at risk

The USDA’s National Organic Program completed more complaint reviews and investigations that it received in 2017.  It finished work on ...
Judge dismisses lawsuit against Dannon alleging consumers misled by 'all-natural' dairy products from cows fed GMOs

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Dannon alleging consumers misled by ‘all-natural’ dairy products from cows fed GMOs

A judge has granted Dannon’s motion to dismiss a high-profile false advertising lawsuit alleging shoppers were misled by its ‘all-natural’ ...
Turning night owls into early birds? It may soon be possible

Turning night owls into early birds? It may soon be possible

The discovery of a genetic mutation linked to night owl behavior raises the prospect of a drug treatment that would ...
Vitamin-enhanced GMO potatoes could combat malnutrition—if they ever hit the market

Vitamin-enhanced GMO potatoes could combat malnutrition—if they ever hit the market

Sufferers of malnutrition in the global south could soon find help from an unlikely source: a humble potato, genetically tweaked ...
Cuddling may change your baby's epigenome, improve their immune system over the long term

Cuddling may change your baby’s epigenome, improve their immune system over the long term

The amount of close and comforting contact that young infants get doesn't just keep them warm, snug, and loved. A ...
Podcast: Who should have access to gene-editing tools?

Podcast: Who should have access to gene-editing tools?

Scientists and researchers from major labs are putting their minds and grant dollars into gene editing tools like CRISPR, which ...
Genetic engineering, synthetic biology poised to boost photosynthesis and carbon capture

Genetic engineering, synthetic biology poised to boost photosynthesis and carbon capture

In a feature article published in the open access journal eLife, an international team of experts led by Dr Bonnie Wintle ...
Viewpoint: Why it's time to start talking about a glyphosate herbicide replacement

Viewpoint: Why it’s time to start talking about a glyphosate herbicide replacement

Don’t get me wrong. I fully recognise the current need for Irish tillage and grassland farmers to use the herbicide ...
‘Semi-synthetic’ organism expands DNA base alphabet

‘Semi-synthetic’ organism expands DNA base alphabet

Every living thing on Earth stores the instructions for life as DNA, using the four genetic bases A, G, C, ...
Countering alarmist health reporting with scientific savvy

Countering alarmist health reporting with scientific savvy

Without even thinking about it, the survival instinct is for ever on, which is why, says Brunel University’s James Carney, a ...
Uptown rats? Rodents in New York City have genetically adapted to different neighborhoods

Uptown rats? Rodents in New York City have genetically adapted to different neighborhoods

As a whole, Manhattan’s rats are genetically most similar to those from Western Europe, especially Great Britain and France. They ...
Activist groups plan to sue Germany, EU over glyphosate herbicide re-approval

Activist groups plan to sue Germany, EU over glyphosate herbicide re-approval

Environmentalist groups said on Monday [Dec. 4] that Germany and the European Union had broken the rules when assessing the ...
How the brain resists when presented with scientific consensus on controversial issues

How the brain resists when presented with scientific consensus on controversial issues

Why do people refuse to change their views when confronted with scientific consensus? Research is starting to show us how ...
Anatomy of the demon Demogorgon from 'Stranger Things': Is there a real-life counterpart?

Anatomy of the demon Demogorgon from ‘Stranger Things’: Is there a real-life counterpart?

The Demogorgon, a creature from the hit Netflix show 'Stranger Things', resembles real life cellular slime mold ...
Viewpoint: Non-GMO Project label offers nothing for consumers

Viewpoint: Non-GMO Project label offers nothing for consumers

The presence of a Non-GMO Project seal of approval doesn't really tell consumers anything about their food. And it's questionable ...
Podcast: CRISPR co-creator Jennifer Doudna addresses ethics of human genome editing

Podcast: CRISPR co-creator Jennifer Doudna addresses ethics of human genome editing

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jennifer Doudna about the gene-editing technology CRISPR/Cas9. They ...
Five new genetic links to autism found

Five new genetic links to autism found

Five novel genetic variants have been linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a new study. The research, released ...
Insecticide resistance threatens to derail malaria control in Africa

Insecticide resistance threatens to derail malaria control in Africa

The largest genetic study of mosquitoes has found their ability to resist insecticides is evolving rapidly and spreading across Africa, ...
Glyphosate, Monsanto and Europe: How science and reason almost lost out to hysteria and emotion

Glyphosate, Monsanto and Europe: How science and reason almost lost out to hysteria and emotion

The glyphosate saga is a fascinating case study in how easily politics can derail science. In watching the glyphosate issue ...