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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UN FAO, African Union urge governments to adopt biotech to address food insecurity, malnutrition

UN FAO, African Union urge governments to adopt biotech to address food insecurity, malnutrition

The African Union Commission and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), urged African governments to proactively employ science, technologies and innovations – ...
Kenya field trail shows promise of GMO insect-resistant Bt corn to combat fall armyworm African invasion

Kenya field trail shows promise of GMO insect-resistant Bt corn to combat fall armyworm African invasion

Scientists in [Kenya] have successfully tested genetically modified maize samples that are resistant to stem borer and are drought tolerant ...
How France, Italy and Belgium would profit if glyphosate is banned or restricted

How France, Italy and Belgium would profit if glyphosate is banned or restricted

If Paris and Rome carry through with their plans to ban glyphosate, a small group of French, Italian and Belgian ...
How our autistic ancestors helped shape human evolution

How our autistic ancestors helped shape human evolution

[W]hen we talk about the autism spectrum – we are all “a bit autistic” – and we all fit somewhere ...
Kissing cousins: Understanding the genetic risks and benefits when close relatives marry

Kissing cousins: Understanding the genetic risks and benefits when close relatives marry

Endogamy––the marriage of relatives––is a controversial cultural practice. It can play surprising roles in health and disease ...
Viewpoint: How to choose the right consumer genetics test to map your family tree

Viewpoint: How to choose the right consumer genetics test to map your family tree

Every so often, someone asks me which [genetics] test I recommend. And my answer boils down to one question: What ...
What foods have pesticide residues? When do the chemical traces pose dangers?

What foods have pesticide residues? When do the chemical traces pose dangers?

Dosage and length of exposure determines whether a compound actually produces toxic effects and could lead to such diseases as ...
Health or ancestry? How to choose the right genetic test for you

Health or ancestry? How to choose the right genetic test for you

Every so often, someone asks me which [genetics] test I recommend. And my answer boils down to one question: What ...
Chimeras: The genetics behind this amazing-looking 'two-faced' cat

Chimeras: The genetics behind this amazing-looking ‘two-faced’ cat

Meet Quimera the cat—she’s no ordinary feline! You’ve probably never seen any animal quite like her. Her furry face is ...
Higher prices and uncertain benefits: Are organic foods worth it?

Higher prices and uncertain benefits: Are organic foods worth it?

Consumers have been paying a lot to eat organic; foods with the certification sometimes costs twice as much as conventional products. The premium prices may not be ...
Viewpoint: Newsweek's surprisingly unscientific view of the genetics of obesity

Viewpoint: Newsweek’s surprisingly unscientific view of the genetics of obesity

[Editor's note: Dr. Charles Dinerstein is a retired vascular surgeon.] In a nod to science, Newsweek reported that there might be genetic underpinnings ...
Brain addiction: Why stopping drug use is so difficult

Brain addiction: Why stopping drug use is so difficult

Drug addiction is a commonly misunderstood disease. Once addicted, it’s not only about pleasure seeking or choice, but chemical reactions ...
Vote to approve glyphosate herbicide shakes up German, EU politics

Vote to approve glyphosate herbicide shakes up German, EU politics

European Union countries found themselves at odds on Monday [Nov. 27] over weed killer. After a long deadlock over renewing the ...
Bacterial DNA used in innovative Hepatitis B vaccines

Bacterial DNA used in innovative Hepatitis B vaccines

Two hepatitis B virus vaccines are currently on the market. Earlier this month, however, the Food and Drug Administration licensed ...
Should we 'genetically modify' humans to fit the demands of space travel?

Should we ‘genetically modify’ humans to fit the demands of space travel?

It takes something special to be an astronaut – an extraordinary combination of bravery, fitness, intelligence, lightning-fast decision-making and calmness ...
Senator Chuck Schumer sounds alarm over personal genomics privacy

Senator Chuck Schumer sounds alarm over personal genomics privacy

[W]ith the holiday season in full swing, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on [November 26] called for more scrutiny into popular ...
Viewpoint: Zen Honeycutt's 'inexcusable' attack on orange growers betrays science

Viewpoint: Zen Honeycutt’s ‘inexcusable’ attack on orange growers betrays science

Activist group Moms Across America, run by someone with zero scientific training, makes a living attacking farmers and scientists that ...
Why did 5 leukemia patients die in 2016 CAR-T trial?

Why did 5 leukemia patients die in 2016 CAR-T trial?

More than a year after five leukemia patients died from an experimental treatment involving genetically engineered immune cells, its developer ...
Why life-saving gene therapy isn't available yet to children who need it most

Why life-saving gene therapy isn’t available yet to children who need it most

[The first patient to permanently edit his DNA,] Brian Madeux, 44, of Arizona, is part of a clinical trial testing ...
Hepatitis B treatable with unique new strategy—using bacterial DNA

Hepatitis B treatable with unique new strategy—using bacterial DNA

Two hepatitis B virus vaccines are currently on the market. Earlier in November, however, the Food and Drug Administration licensed ...
Viewpoint: France shows its irrationality in embracing nuclear power but rejecting glyphosate safety

Viewpoint: France shows its irrationality in embracing nuclear power but rejecting glyphosate safety

[Editor's note: Cécile Philippe is an economist and Director-General of the Molinari Economic Institute.] In France, a glyphosate ban for ...
Long neglected by breeders, Africa's staple 'orphan crops' undergoing a genetic revolution

Long neglected by breeders, Africa’s staple ‘orphan crops’ undergoing a genetic revolution

Cassava and sweet potatoes. Lablab beans and water berries. Bitter gourds and sickle sennas. Elephant ears and African locusts. ... All ...
Science Moms hit back at anti-GMO group's Monsanto 'shill' accusations

Science Moms hit back at anti-GMO group’s Monsanto ‘shill’ accusations

[Editor's note: Alison Bernstein, Anastasia Bodnar, Jenny Splitter, Kavin Senapathy, Layla Katiraee, and Natalie Newell are part of a group called Science ...
Synaesthesia: For those who lose their sight, colors can have sound

Synaesthesia: For those who lose their sight, colors can have sound

Vanessa Potter lost her sight. As she recovered, her senses mingled – hearing and touch changed the way she saw ...
Geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam: Genetic engineering could save farm animals from disease

Geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam: Genetic engineering could save farm animals from disease

Alison Van Eenennaam is one of agriculture’s leading voices of reason and persuasion in support of good science in food ...
Indian scientist: For some crops, genetic engineering 'only option' to improve food security

Indian scientist: For some crops, genetic engineering ‘only option’ to improve food security

[Editor's note: Rajeev Varshney is Research Program Director for Genetic Gains, at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics ...
Gene therapy challenge: Overcoming shortage of key and expensive viruses

Gene therapy challenge: Overcoming shortage of key and expensive viruses

Eager to speed development of revolutionary treatments, the Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it would expedite approval of ...
French President Macron advocates glyphosate herbicide ban within 3 years

French President Macron advocates glyphosate herbicide ban within 3 years

The European Union voted on Monday [Nov. 27] to extend its authorization for the world’s best-selling herbicide for an abbreviated ...