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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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Despite the hype, there was no 'successful' human head transplant

Despite the hype, there was no ‘successful’ human head transplant

In February 2015, Sergio Canavero appeared in this very publication claiming a live human head will be successfully transplanted onto ...
Checkpoint inhibitors fight cancer–but can have nasty side effects

Checkpoint inhibitors fight cancer–but can have nasty side effects

Yale University immunologist Kevan Herold spoke about a few of his newest diabetes patients to an unlikely audience: oncologists and ...
New T-cell treatment shows promise for treating leukemia

New T-cell treatment shows promise for treating leukemia

A new way of genetically altering a patient’s cells to fight cancer has helped desperately ill people with leukemia when ...
African Seed Trade Association announces support for GMOs

African Seed Trade Association announces support for GMOs

A continental seed body on Friday [Nov. 17] supported the coexistence of genetically modified (GMO) seeds and conventional ones. The ...
Genetics can’t determine your indigenous heritage

Genetics can’t determine your indigenous heritage

Collectively, genetics studies have shown us that the indigenous inhabitants of the Americas are descended from a group that diverged ...
Golden Potatoes: Vitamin-A fortified GMO variety could help tackle childhood blindness in Africa

Golden Potatoes: Vitamin-A fortified GMO variety could help tackle childhood blindness in Africa

We've been praising the development of Golden Rice, genetically engineered to contain the vitamin A precursor beta-carotene, for years. Since vitamin ...
Genetics of mental health yield surprising connections but no cures

Genetics of mental health yield surprising connections but no cures

Scientists are slowly uncovering the genes and mechanisms that cause mental health disorders, but we are a long way from ...
GMO supporters and critics weigh in on FDA's biotech education initiative

GMO supporters and critics weigh in on FDA’s biotech education initiative

[Editor's note: Karl Haro von Mogel is a geneticist with a PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from UW-Madison with ...
Ex-NFL player first living person diagnosed with CTE

Ex-NFL player first living person diagnosed with CTE

Researchers published, what they say is the first case of a living person identified with the degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic ...
Glyphosate, other herbicides may contribute to antibiotic resistance, study finds

Glyphosate, other herbicides may contribute to antibiotic resistance, study finds

New Zealand researchers have found the active ingredients in commonly-used weed killers can cause bacteria to be less susceptible to ...
Why does testicular cancer respond better to chemotherapy? Stem cells

Why does testicular cancer respond better to chemotherapy? Stem cells

It’s because of the stem cells. Cornell University researchers determined that for testicular cancer, those cells are more capable of responding ...
Uganda approves open field trials for disease-resistant GMO bananas, paving way for 2021 release

Uganda approves open field trials for disease-resistant GMO bananas, paving way for 2021 release

Researchers at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) in Kawanda [Uganda] have said they are ready to go for open- ...
'Fault-free obesity': How much are fat-storing genes causing expanding waistlines?

‘Fault-free obesity’: How much are fat-storing genes causing expanding waistlines?

Obesity is often attributed to a simple equation: People are eating too much and exercising too little. But evidence is ...
Sheep can identify faces in photos—and that may help us understand Huntington’s disease

Sheep can identify faces in photos—and that may help us understand Huntington’s disease

Researchers trained eight sheep to identify celebrity faces from photographs. The investigators also found that the sheep could identify a ...
Fighting aging: Mutation found in Amish population adds 10 years to lifespan

Fighting aging: Mutation found in Amish population adds 10 years to lifespan

New research now shows that some humans possess a genetic equivalent to [an anti-aging] drug. A small number of Amish people in ...
Viewpoint: FDA should crack down on food safety misinformation

Viewpoint: FDA should crack down on food safety misinformation

[Editor's note: Val Giddings is a senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. The following is part of a letter ...
EU reauthorizes glyphosate herbicide-resistant GMO sugar beets for import, but not cultivation

EU reauthorizes glyphosate herbicide-resistant GMO sugar beets for import, but not cultivation

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientists have cleared a genetically modified sugar beet developed by Monsanto and KWS for reauthorisation ...
Viewpoint: Ethical arguments against gene-edited embryos will crumble as technology advances

Viewpoint: Ethical arguments against gene-edited embryos will crumble as technology advances

[Editor's note: Michael White is a genetics professor at Washington University in St. Louis.] [S]cientists have developed an easy way to ...
What makes a female? How XX embryos destroy male reproductive tissue

What makes a female? How XX embryos destroy male reproductive tissue

A protein called COUP-TFII is necessary to eliminate male reproductive tissue from female mouse embryos, researchers report in the Aug. 18 Science. For ...
Our brains grow and shrink when we learn—which is how we continue to absorb knowledge

Our brains grow and shrink when we learn—which is how we continue to absorb knowledge

Our past understanding of the brain would suggest that new knowledge requires new brain cells, and as a result our ...
Can gene tweaking lower our cholesterol? Using CRISPR and nanotechnology in mice

Can gene tweaking lower our cholesterol? Using CRISPR and nanotechnology in mice

U.S. researchers have used nanotechnology plus the powerful CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool to turn off a key cholesterol-related gene in ...
Viewpoint: FDA regulations 'a disaster' for genetically modified animal research

Viewpoint: FDA regulations ‘a disaster’ for genetically modified animal research

The Trump Administration and Congress should rein in the FDA's regulatory overreach on genetically engineered animals, which is stifling important ...
Viewpoint: Genetic engineering's benefits extend far beyond GMO crops and controversy

Viewpoint: Genetic engineering’s benefits extend far beyond GMO crops and controversy

In discussing biotechnology, too much controversy is focused on the crops developed by Monsanto and its competitors. Genetic engineering is ...
Would switching to 100% organic farming help the environment? 'Absolutely not'

Would switching to 100% organic farming help the environment? ‘Absolutely not’

Should the world’s farms go 100 percent organic to protect the environment? Absolutely not. One huge problem is that organic ...
Wheat gene discovery could fend off deadly stem rust pathogen threatening global food security

Wheat gene discovery could fend off deadly stem rust pathogen threatening global food security

University of California, Davis, researchers have identified a gene that enables resistance to a new devastating strain of stem rust, ...
Podcast: Gene editing could make farm animals happier and healthier

Podcast: Gene editing could make farm animals happier and healthier

Just one genetically modified animal has been approved for human consumption anywhere in the world. A fast growing species of ...
Designer fruit is the future: Genetic engineering adds 'tangible benefits' for consumers

Designer fruit is the future: Genetic engineering adds ‘tangible benefits’ for consumers

Consumers have shown a great deal of resistance to GMO food over the years, but the Golden Arctic apple, which ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Nov. 20, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Nov. 20, 2017

Viewpoint: From Non-GMO to gluten-free, ‘fake transparency’ in food labeling offers little but higher prices | Brandon McFadden Fighting antibiotic ‘superbugs’—DNA ...