Why some Amish are genetically wired to live longer

Why some Amish are genetically wired to live longer

Although known mainly for their adherence to an older, simpler way of life, some Amish folks also have a genetic ...
DIY gene therapy? FDA is not a fan

DIY gene therapy? FDA is not a fan

A few biohackers (fans of do-it-yourself (DIY) science experiments) recently designed a gene therapy for HIV. Not only that, they posted a video ...
Era of unregulated stem cell therapies may be coming to an end

Era of unregulated stem cell therapies may be coming to an end

Is the Wild West of stem cell therapies coming to an end? Newly released guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggest ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Biopesticides: Creating a mosquito-fighting bacteria wasn't easy—or fast

Biopesticides: Creating a mosquito-fighting bacteria wasn’t easy—or fast

[A]fter decades of international scientific effort, a new mosquito biopesticide (a pesticide that uses natural bacteria) has been approved. And it only took a year and ...
Veterans' suicide attempts linked to gene expression

Veterans’ suicide attempts linked to gene expression

Though they only compose 8.5% of the U.S. population, veterans make up 18% of all suicides. Complicating matters is that ...
Viewpoint: Anti-pesticide activists exploit chemical testing technology to scare public

Viewpoint: Anti-pesticide activists exploit chemical testing technology to scare public

One religious group forecast an apocalypse a few weeks ago. They used the Bible as their source. More recently, a newer religion ...
Mild to murderous: Zika's one mutation evolution

Mild to murderous: Zika’s one mutation evolution

Zika has been around for some time – first identified in 1947 in Uganda -  but it was never really given much thought.  It ...
40 percent of cancer cases linked to lifestyle, obesity; minor impact of chemicals

40 percent of cancer cases linked to lifestyle, obesity; minor impact of chemicals

Decades ago, when activist groups were promoting every trace chemical they could find as a carcinogen, the American Council on ...
Questioning the benefits of caffeine for Parkinson’s patients

Questioning the benefits of caffeine for Parkinson’s patients

A few years ago we were told that something as basic as drinking coffee conferred benefits upon those with Parkinson's ...
Biologics joining fight against asthma

Biologics joining fight against asthma

Should you be unfortunate enough to suffer from asthma, things are looking up. There are new biological therapies out there that ...
Viewpoint: No, we are not facing an imminent global food shortage

Viewpoint: No, we are not facing an imminent global food shortage

The Quartz article [“The world could run out of food two decades earlier than thought”] leaned heavily upon the testimony ...
Collapsing bubbles may have given rise to life

Collapsing bubbles may have given rise to life

The origin of life is a profound mystery. Once life arose, natural selection and evolution took over, but the question ...
Genetic engineering could increase biofuel production by fattening plant leaves

Genetic engineering could increase biofuel production by fattening plant leaves

While there are legions of plant researchers dedicated to the idea of using GMOs to maximize food production, there's a ...
Baby or your life: Pregnant women with cancer face impossible choice

Baby or your life: Pregnant women with cancer face impossible choice

Sadly, a woman’s tragic story-- recently all over the news-- plays out in the real world more often than people may ...
Viewpoint: Politico  exaggerated link between climate change and food 'nutrient collapse’

Viewpoint: Politico exaggerated link between climate change and food ‘nutrient collapse’

Politico offered the following headline, The great nutrient collapse, The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the ...
Junk science: Journal paid to publish 'food industry conspiracy' paper—funded by organic industry

Junk science: Journal paid to publish ‘food industry conspiracy’ paper—funded by organic industry

Gary Ruskin, the chief junkyard dog of US Right To Know, an industry front group created by Organic Consumers Association ...
Obesity linked to increased breast cancer risk--if you have certain hormone receptors

Obesity linked to increased breast cancer risk–if you have certain hormone receptors

It's pretty common knowledge that obesity increases the chance that a woman will develop breast cancer, and how her excess ...
How much can you make on a successful cancer drug? Billions

How much can you make on a successful cancer drug? Billions

[Editor's note: Dr. Jamie Wells, MD, FAAP, is a Board-Certified physician and the Director of Medicine at the American Council on Science and ...
Homeless 'tent cities' ripe for infectious disease outbreaks

Homeless ‘tent cities’ ripe for infectious disease outbreaks

[The] luxury of modern life is due to the strong defense provided by the "pillars" of our public health system. According ...
New pathway for spread of antibiotic resistance: ‘Membrane blebbing’

New pathway for spread of antibiotic resistance: ‘Membrane blebbing’

Unlike animals, bacteria can readily share genetic information with other bacteria, even those of entirely different species. [...] For decades, ...
Ethanol injections cure skin cancer in hamsters, offering hope for cheap treatments

Ethanol injections cure skin cancer in hamsters, offering hope for cheap treatments

[C]heap, uncomplicated, portable, and preferably non-surgical treatments that do not require electricity are needed [to treat cancer in developing countries] ...
Even ‘good’ HDL cholesterol can be dangerous at high concentrations

Even ‘good’ HDL cholesterol can be dangerous at high concentrations

So-called "good" cholesterol, the HDL, anything above 60 mg/dl is considered protective against heart disease. That's because HDL facilitates removing ...
Blood test cancer diagnosis could be as easy as checking cholesterol

Blood test cancer diagnosis could be as easy as checking cholesterol

Imagine a world where it is as easy to check for cancer as it is high cholesterol. New research out of ...
Newly approved CAR-T therapy could mark breakthrough in cancer treatments

Newly approved CAR-T therapy could mark breakthrough in cancer treatments

Carl H. June, MD, is a professor of immunology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He developed ...
What's behind EU's skepticism of Bayer-Monsanto merger?

What’s behind EU’s skepticism of Bayer-Monsanto merger?

[Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto] may not go through. Multiple media outlets have reported that European Union regulators are skeptical of ...