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| | March 19, 2018
We rarely portray Neanderthals, our close relatives, as telegenic...But to mock Neanderthals is to mock ourselves: Homo sapiens had lots of sex with Homo neanderthalensis. Neanderthal genes supply between 1 percent and 4 percent of the genome in people from homelands on several continents... DNA from another human-like primate, the Denisovans, lurks in modern genomes, too. A molar and a chip of pinkie bone...
| | February 14, 2018
Much of the excitement around gene editing is fueled by its potential to treat or prevent human diseases. There are thousands of genetic disorders that can be passed on from one generation to the next; many are serious and debilitating. ... Genes are the biological templates the body uses to...
| | December 15, 2017
For those who have no idea what CRISPR is all about, the abbreviation means “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats.” It’s a family of DNA sequences in bacteria. The sequences here play a huge role in fighting bacteria within the body, and if improved, could fight dangerous illnesses as well....
| | September 7, 2017
Rutin, glycine, and beta carophyllene: if you saw these words on an ingredients list, you'd probably presume the food was artificial and very unhealthy. But these scary-sounding chemicals are in fact found in all-natural fresh fruit. James Kennedy, a high school teacher from Haileybury in Australia, has created ingredients lists...
| | August 24, 2017
[Editor's note: Layla Katiraee is a scientist at Integrated DNA Technologies. She has a PhD in molecular genetics with a focus in epigenetics from the University of Toronto.] There are many different ways that crops are modified. Some of these methods have been used for centuries, others are more recent....
Plant viruses can be serious pathogens in crops as they can cause anywhere from minor losses to total crop failure. [T]he primary mechanism of virus transmission is by arthropod vectors such as mites and insects. Because of the speed of infection and the devastation that crops can suffer, farmers focus on preventing...
| July 25, 2017
The map [below] shows what the borders of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa might look like if they were based on the dominant Y-DNA haplogroup rather than ethnicity and/or any other political considerations. [Y DNA group haplogroups show only the male lineage, not the female mitochondria line. Another visual representation of male...
| | July 7, 2017
Lately in the news of agriculture there has been a lot of controversy over the popular herbicide glyphosate being labeled as a carcinogen in California. According to peer-reviewed science and dozens of independent science, agriculture and health agencies it is not a carcinogen — with the lone exception of IARC (International...
| May 23, 2017
GM crop footprint in India is all set to grow once the government gives its final nod to GM Mustard, a variety grown by a Delhi University institution. It would be a strong push for genetically modified variants of food crop, which have been fiercely opposed by farmer bodies, food...
With conflicting claims about scientific topics everywhere on the internet, it’s hard to know who to trust. This is especially difficult when activists create academic-sounding groups like the “Institute for Responsible Technology” or the “Center for Biological Diversity.” Mainstream science and medical institutions such as the National Academy of Sciences...

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