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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Challenging Mendel: Does the female egg woo sperm with specific genes?

Challenging Mendel: Does the female egg woo sperm with specific genes?

[Researcher Jon Nadeau’s] hypothesis—that the egg could woo sperm with specific genes and vice versa—is part of a growing realization ...
Non-glyphosate certified: New label promises lower levels of herbicide residue

Non-glyphosate certified: New label promises lower levels of herbicide residue

Scott Prentice, executive director of BioChecked, has been in the food certification business since 2010. However, he's made the most ...
Non-antibiotic sepsis-fighting drug could save millions of lives

Non-antibiotic sepsis-fighting drug could save millions of lives

The state of Odisha (formerly Orissa) in southeast India is perhaps not the first place you’d expect to find a ...
Key to understanding Down syndrome may rest in chromosomes

Key to understanding Down syndrome may rest in chromosomes

Some scientists call it the "final frontier" of our DNA—even though it lies at the center of every X-shaped chromosome ...
GMO Bt cotton poised to revive Philippines' industry, reduce pesticide use

GMO Bt cotton poised to revive Philippines’ industry, reduce pesticide use

Following a multi-year slump, the Philippine cotton industry is anticipating a renaissance through the help of an innovative, science-based crop that farmers ...
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 ...
Does air pollution reach the womb, eventually leading to heart disease and shorter lives?

Does air pollution reach the womb, eventually leading to heart disease and shorter lives?

New research gives expectant mothers reason to be more cautious with air pollution, which can cause damage to the critical ...
How gene therapy could help fight methamphetamine addiction

How gene therapy could help fight methamphetamine addiction

Gene therapy, which modifies a person’s DNA, has long been thought of as a way to treat genetic diseases—and, more recently, ...
Stressed out? It could alter your sperm

Stressed out? It could alter your sperm

Sperm from stressed-out dads can carry that stress from one generation to another. “But one question that really hasn’t been ...
How choosing genetically similar partners shapes our genomes

How choosing genetically similar partners shapes our genomes

Chances are, you’re going to marry someone a lot like you. Similar intelligence, similar height, similar body weight. A new ...
Exploring national security risks related to gene editing

Exploring national security risks related to gene editing

Technology is advancing exponentially and the exciting field of genome editing is no exception. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison ...
Nano-mapping DNA mutations with CRISPR could transform disease treatment

Nano-mapping DNA mutations with CRISPR could transform disease treatment

A team of scientists led by Virginia Commonwealth University physicist Jason Reed, Ph.D., have developed new nanomapping technology that could ...
Dolly the sheep revisited: Early health fears about clones 'greatly exaggerated'

Dolly the sheep revisited: Early health fears about clones ‘greatly exaggerated’

[L]ast year, Kevin Sinclair, a developmental biologist at the University of Nottingham, published a paper about several clones including Dolly’s four “sisters,” who ...
Viewpoint: Anti-GMO movement perpetuates sexism, food insecurity

Viewpoint: Anti-GMO movement perpetuates sexism, food insecurity

An acronym that conjures specters like pesticides, cancer, obesity, the transformation of life forms into intellectual property, and corporate control ...
EU renews glyphosate herbicide license for 5 years, ending 'heated debate'

EU renews glyphosate herbicide license for 5 years, ending ‘heated debate’

EU countries approved on Monday [Nov. 27] the use of weed-killer glyphosate for the next five years after a heated ...
Evidence ancient humans not 'violent apes' but distinctly compassionate

Evidence ancient humans not ‘violent apes’ but distinctly compassionate

[Editor's note: Penny Spikins is an archaeologist who specializes in early prehistory and human origins.] Yes, there is evidence of interpersonal violence ...