The GLP is committed to full transparency. Download and review our Annual Report.

Articles written for the GLP list the source as Genetic Literacy Project. All other articles were written for the sources noted with excerpts provided by the GLP.
alzheimers

We’re unlikely to cure Alzheimer’s with CRISPR. But the gene-editing tool could play a crucial role.

Tara Fernandez | 
Nearly 6 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease without solid treatment options ...
bananageddon

Viewpoint: Our favorite Cavendish banana may be heading towards extinction—Scientists say only a biotech solution, blocked by anti-GMO activists, can save it

Steve Savage | 
Shall we just resign ourselves to the eventual demise of the banana, or take steps to save it? ...
non gmo

Viewpoint: Why the Non-GMO Project label is little more than a marketing tool that deceives consumers

David Warmflash | 
The presence of a Non-GMO Project seal of approval doesn't really tell consumers anything about their food ...
bio e

Following approval of GMO crops, Nigeria sets sights on other biotech advances, including gene editing and synthetic biology

Abdullahi Tsanni | 
Africa's most populous nation has achieved significant strides in biotechnology ...
Francis Galton

Podcast: Francis Galton: Brilliant scientist—and eugenics pioneer. How do we address his racist legacy?

Kat Arney | 
Geneticist Dr Kat Arney explores how Francis Galton's eugenic ideas led directly to some of the 20th century's worst atrocities ...
ui health validates cure for sickle cell in adults healthinnovations

Podcast: Has sickle cell disease met its match in CRISPR gene editing?

Brenda Eustace, Kevin Folta | 
Dr. Brenda Eustace, director of discovery research at Vertex, joins plant geneticist Kevin Folta to discuss this promising treatment ...
redcap cancer banner

Viewpoint: Why science hasn’t given us a cure for cancer: We’re still ‘trying to understand it’

James Liu | 
Each permutation of cancer requires a different approach, therapy, or method of management ...
lower back pain

How a one-time CRISPR shot could obliterate lower back pain

Ricki Lewis | 
CRISPR may be able to block back pain by dampening the immune system’s cytokine signals ...
weeds

Podcast: Food 5.0—GMOs, robots and the future of farming with agronomist Robert Saik

Cameron English, Robert Saik | 
The high efficiency of modern agriculture has a downside: most consumers don't know the first thing about farming ...
gmos in the eu

‘GMOs are banned in Europe’ and 3 other popular biotech crop myths busted

Michael Stebbins | 
“What do you wish people knew about GMOs that would completely surprise them?" ...
blindness causing genetic defect corrected using crispr

Why this attempt to cure an inherited form of blindness with CRISPR is so important

Kostas Vavitsas | 
The time has come to see if the promises of CRISPR as a therapeutic tool hold true ...
fatigue

Tired all the time? Searching for genetic links to chronic fatigue syndrome

Ben Locwin | 
The hard-to-define and hard-to-diagnose condition continues to baffle researchers searching for its root causes -- and potential treatments ...
transformingeconomy

Viewpoint: Why GMO crops are planet’s best hope for sustainability

Eshna Gogia | 
Future crops will need to withstand conditions like climate change, low water availability, rising soil salinity, and attacks by pathogens ...
bananas on the fire

Why efforts to contain Ebola through experimental vaccines could change Uganda’s opposition to GMO crops

Peter Wamboga-Mugirya | 
Uganda appears to be in a stalemate over genetically-engineered crops. Could Ebola change that? ...
rtx be x

Glimpse into the future? 2029 ‘press release’ touts services for designer babies

Jamie Metzl | 
In the future, parents may have the option to genetically engineer their children, and now is the time to discuss ...
pmcover e

DNA, fruit flies and the quest to treat cancer with precision medicine

David Warmflash, Tim Barker | 
"Cancer therapy is becoming customized to each patient." ...
file bsj z

Probiotics may help humans stay healthy. Could they benefit other animals, too?

Hannah Thomasy | 
Researchers eye microbes as a tool for fighting disease epidemics in bats, frogs, corals and more ...
Screen Shot at AM

Creating Superman (and woman): Who benefits from human enhancement?

David Warmflash | 
Using genetic modification, nanotechnology, bionics, reconstructive surgery, hormones, drugs or any combination of these approaches, real-life human enhancement is looking ...
milkweed

Milkweed: Mother’s milk for monarch butterflies, but yield-robbing weed for farmers

Andrew Porterfield | 
Can we encourage a resurgence in butterfly-friendly milkweed populations without making farming even more challenging? ...
5-1-2019 download

Podcast: Should you get your entire genome sequenced? The pros and cons of diving into your DNA

Given how little we know about how variations in the genome affect health and disease, is direct-to-consumer whole genome sequencing ...
im

Podcast: Glyphosate, cancer and ‘corporate conspiracies’–“Regulatory capture” by anti-science activists in the Roundup controversy

Our useful threat-detection instinct has been warped into a serious handicap as we attempt to evaluate risks to our health ...
hiv positive blood vials large

Cure for AIDS/HIV? Temper expectations.

A. J. Smuskiewicz | 
As we seek an outright cure for HIV/AIDS, our hope should be grounded in reality ...
roundup carcin

Glyphosate-based herbicides kill cancer cells and have ‘no significant toxicity’ to humans? Another study says ‘yes’—but what does it mean?

Cameron English | 
If Roundup or one of its ingredients turns out to be an effective cancer treatment, it would be a stunning ...
brca

‘Why did I get cancer?’ We can do more to alleviate ‘angst, guilt’ accompanying a diagnosis

Ricki Lewis | 
More time spent explaining the biology of cancer to patients can help alleviate angst and guilt.  ...
insect collapse

The world faces ‘pollinator collapse’? How and why the media get the science wrong time and again

Jon Entine | 
With neither the facts nor the science on their side, environmental advocacy groups are simply pounding the table ...
hands walking stick elderly old person

Werner syndrome and the curious case of the Japanese man who is aging too fast

Erika Hayasaki | 
Nobuaki Nagashima has Werner syndrome, which causes his body to age at super speed. This condition is teaching us more ...