Angelina Jolie fallout: Should counseling be required with DNA screenings?

Angelina Jolie fallout: Should counseling be required with DNA screenings?

Jon Entine | 
Angelina Jolie's very public decision to have a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer has kicked off a debate about ...
Errors cast doubt on landmark stem cell cloning paper

Errors cast doubt on landmark stem cell cloning paper

Sloppy mistakes cast doubt on claim of first-ever human stem cell cloning success ...
Pesticide use is up -- have biotech crops backfired?

Pesticide use is up — have biotech crops backfired?

Kenrick Vezina | 
What does increased pesticide use really say about the success or failure of pest-resistant biotech crops? ...
Detective story: How genomics found the culprit in Ireland's Great Famine

Detective story: How genomics found the culprit in Ireland’s Great Famine

In an impressive bit of genomic sleuthing, researchers have used dried potato leaves to decode the genome of the fungus-like ...
Organic industry’s credibility eroded by misinformation about GE foods

Organic industry’s credibility eroded by misinformation about GE foods

Jon Entine | 
The most extreme and ill-informed of the organic advocacy groups are damaging the credibility of the entire organic industry. The ...
Confusion – scientific and ethical – reigns in the wake of stem cell cloning landmark

Confusion – scientific and ethical – reigns in the wake of stem cell cloning landmark

Kenrick Vezina | 
Scientists have finally succeeded in harvesting embryonic stem cells from human embryos cloned using the same technique that gave birth ...
Genetics continues to garner attention as conservation tool

Genetics continues to garner attention as conservation tool

Kenrick Vezina | 
Genetics continues to make headlines in conservation efforts, even if it's not the species-saving panacea some hope for ...
Voices come out in defense of Monsanto

Voices come out in defense of Monsanto

Kenrick Vezina | 
Everyone's least favorite company has seen stories this week highlight its good side ...
SCOTUS rules Indiana farmer is "seed thief," upholds Monsanto's seed patents

SCOTUS rules Indiana farmer is “seed thief,” upholds Monsanto’s seed patents

Jon Entine | 
The Supreme Court ruled that a farmer cannot reproduce patented seeds through planting and harvesting without permission of the patent ...
Jewish researcher attacks DNA evidence linking Jews to Israel

Jewish researcher attacks DNA evidence linking Jews to Israel

Jon Entine | 
Geneticist Eran Elhaik claims most Jews can trace their ancestry to the Caucusus and Eastern Europe, despite overwhelming evidence of ...
Peru crop biotech ban highlights botched debate over biodiversity

Peru crop biotech ban highlights botched debate over biodiversity

Jon Entine, Kenrick Vezina | 
Global demand for food is expected to increase by 70 percent in the next 40 years. What role could or ...
What role will genetics play in a biology-based approach to psychiatry?

What role will genetics play in a biology-based approach to psychiatry?

Kenrick Vezina | 
Calls for a biology-based psychiatry are growing louder, but how will genetics fit into this puzzle? ...
Bad brains: Did my DNA make me do it?

Bad brains: Did my DNA make me do it?

Jon Entine | 
Are perpetrators of violence suffering from a medical condition that demands a public health reaction that might radically alter the ...
Walking the ethical edge: ‘Made-to-order’ embryos address genuine needs

Walking the ethical edge: ‘Made-to-order’ embryos address genuine needs

Jon Entine | 
Ethical watchdogs are stifling a much-needed discussion of the actual costs and benefits of a for-profit embryo donations. Despite the ...
Navigating the agricultural biotech minefield: When an MIT study is not an MIT study

Navigating the agricultural biotech minefield: When an MIT study is not an MIT study

Kenrick Vezina | 
Thanks to a credulous Reuters report, a shoddy piece of pseudoscience is making the rounds as “an MIT study” linking ...
AMP v. Myriad Genetics: Do intellectual property protections really stifle innovation?

AMP v. Myriad Genetics: Do intellectual property protections really stifle innovation?

Sarah Fecht | 
As the Supreme Court debates the patentability of human genes, the media argues about whether patents help or hinder genetic ...
Media mangles latest biotech innovation—hornless cows

Media mangles latest biotech innovation—hornless cows

Jon Entine | 
Despite exaggerated claims from various media outlets over the weekend, the innovations that led to the hornless dairy cow are ...
Greener than green: Biotech and the future of agriculture (Part II)

Greener than green: Biotech and the future of agriculture (Part II)

Ramez Naam | 
Has the promise of the agricultural biotech revolution been oversold? Why are so many otherwise progressive thinkers so resistant to ...
DNA and the criminal justice system

DNA and the criminal justice system

Sarah Fecht | 
Should police automatically collect DNA samples from crime suspects who have been arrested, but not convicted? Supporters say the measure ...
Greener than green: Biotech and the future of agriculture (Part I)

Greener than green: Biotech and the future of agriculture (Part I)

Ramez Naam | 
Here in the first of a two part series presented exclusively at the Genetic Literacy Project, Ramez Naam -- a ...
Genetics versus new bird flu: The race is on

Genetics versus new bird flu: The race is on

Kenrick Vezina | 
Scientists and researchers around the world are turning to new genetic techniques to race the outbreak of the new H5N7 ...
Pig born using new GM technique

Pig born using new GM technique

Sarah Fecht | 
A new "gene-editing" tool has allowed scientists to create a disease-resistant pig. Can the new technique help to overcome the ...
Has the pace of genetics research rendered the Myriad case obsolete?

Has the pace of genetics research rendered the Myriad case obsolete?

Kenrick Vezina | 
Both sides in the Myriad genetics case seem to think the future of innovation is at stake, but a few ...
Happy birthday, Human Genome

Happy birthday, Human Genome

Sarah Fecht | 
In the 10 years since the completion of the Human Genome Project, genetic science has moved forward in leaps and ...
Lab-grown kidneys work in rats, offer hope for human transplants

Lab-grown kidneys work in rats, offer hope for human transplants

Kenrick Vezina | 
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital report a medical first: lab-grown kidneys successfully transplanted into rats, where they functioned properly -- ...
On GMOs, <i>New York Times</i> foodie Mark Bittman is a dark cloud in the brightening sky of reason

On GMOs, New York Times foodie Mark Bittman is a dark cloud in the brightening sky of reason

Jon Entine | 
It’s challenging to name a more influential food writer than The New York Times’ Mark Bittman—nor one less informed and ...
Genetic expression in the human brain: The challenge of large numbers

Genetic expression in the human brain: The challenge of large numbers

Rebecca Goldin | 
Obama’s recently announced effort to map the human brain and the parallel European efforts (the Human Brain Project), are taking ...
Can Syngenta help make open-source GMOs a reality?

Can Syngenta help make open-source GMOs a reality?

Sarah Fecht | 
In a new initiative, Syngenta will make its genetic engineering tools and GM plant varieties freely available for non-profit researchers ...