Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Nov. 27, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Nov. 27, 2017

CRISPR breathing new life into crop breeding—can it avoid GMO controversy? | Andrew Porterfield Viewpoint: Genetic engineering’s benefits extend far beyond ...
Talking Biotech: Pet dogs with genetic diseases testing ground for gene therapy

Talking Biotech: Pet dogs with genetic diseases testing ground for gene therapy

Journalist Emily Mullin: Gene therapies becoming more promising but restricted in humans because of safety concerns, prompting some researchers to ...
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 ...
Myth busting: Are natural pesticides really safer than synthetic ones?

Myth busting: Are natural pesticides really safer than synthetic ones?

Both organic and conventional farmers use pesticides, but these chemicals are rampant in nature and many natural ones are more ...
CRISPR breathing new life into crop breeding—can it avoid GMO controversy?

CRISPR breathing new life into crop breeding—can it avoid GMO controversy?

The food industry is hopeful the new gene-editing technology can help create new crop variants without running into the activist ...
Searching for extraterrestrial life: Finding the right communication technology

Searching for extraterrestrial life: Finding the right communication technology

Scientists are looking for evidence of extraterrestrial communication across interstellar space. But what if other intelligent life forms are using ...
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 ...
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 ...
Talking Biotech: Soil-worm resistant GMO crops in Africa hindered by politics, public fears

Talking Biotech: Soil-worm resistant GMO crops in Africa hindered by politics, public fears

IITA scientists: GMOs could help fend off nematode crop pests in Africa, but educating policymakers and public about the benefits ...
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 ...
Can the microbiome join DNA and fingerprints in the CSI toolkit?

Can the microbiome join DNA and fingerprints in the CSI toolkit?

Some scientists argue that our individual microbiomes are unique enough that they can be used to help identify the perpetrators ...
How the tomato lost its flavor––and the way biotech could bring it back

How the tomato lost its flavor––and the way biotech could bring it back

Supermarket tomatoes have a sorry reputation for looking great but tasting like cardboard. Short of growing only heirloom tomatoes, the ...
Nanotechnology might help farmers fight climate change, pests and disease–and boost yields

Nanotechnology might help farmers fight climate change, pests and disease–and boost yields

Researchers are exploring the impact of using nanoscale nutrients––including copper––on eggplants and other crops. While early results have shown substantial ...
Measuring intelligence and IQ, and the problems that presents

Measuring intelligence and IQ, and the problems that presents

For more than a century, IQ tests have been used to measure IQ. But their use is hotly debated by ...
Fighting antibiotic 'superbugs'—DNA sequencing helps in the battle

Fighting antibiotic ‘superbugs’—DNA sequencing helps in the battle

The successful effort to contain an outbreak of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) at a UK hospital demonstrates the ...
Viewpoint: From Non-GMO to gluten-free, 'fake transparency’ in food labeling offers little but higher prices

Viewpoint: From Non-GMO to gluten-free, ‘fake transparency’ in food labeling offers little but higher prices

At what point does food labeling become less about transparency and more about marketing strategy? A new federal law mandating ...
Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics

Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics

The old adage about kids being resilient and able to bounce back from early traumas isn't necessarily borne out by ...
European farmers: Finding replacement for glyphosate is no easy task

European farmers: Finding replacement for glyphosate is no easy task

As European politicians move toward blocking the use of glyphosate, farmers there are facing the prospect of using less-effective replacements ...
Omega-3 fish oil from a plant? GMO camelina could offer sustainable alternative

Omega-3 fish oil from a plant? GMO camelina could offer sustainable alternative

The distant relative of rapeseed could solve one of the problems faced by fish farms -- growing fish with the ...
Naming genetic diseases: There's more to it than you might think

Naming genetic diseases: There’s more to it than you might think

An effort is underway to streamline the way we name genetic diseases, with an emphasis on imparting useful medical information, ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Nov. 13, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Nov. 13, 2017

USDA scraps overhaul of GMO and gene edited crop regulations that biotech advocates viewed as ‘unscientific’ | Paul McDivitt Gene therapy ...
Talking Biotech: TALEN gene editing to make more nutritious food crops

Talking Biotech: TALEN gene editing to make more nutritious food crops

Calyxt's Dan Voytas: Using TALEN gene editing to create soybeans with healthier oil, high fiber wheat and canola with lower ...
Organic farmer's plea for a better relationship between organic, conventional farming

Organic farmer’s plea for a better relationship between organic, conventional farming

An organic farmer speaks out on the similarities between conventional and organic--and the benefits farmers can receive from using both ...
Can't get motivated? You may be able to blame your genes

Can’t get motivated? You may be able to blame your genes

Being apathetic may feel like following the path of least resistance. But studies of apathy in the brain show otherwise ...
Viewpoint: Taxpayer-funded Canadian news agency promotes 'fake news' about glyphosate herbicide's health risks

Viewpoint: Taxpayer-funded Canadian news agency promotes ‘fake news’ about glyphosate herbicide’s health risks

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation interviewed anti-GMO activist scientist Theirry Vrain and published an article featuring several false and misleading claims ...
Mars conundrum: How do we explore without contaminating the Red Planet?

Mars conundrum: How do we explore without contaminating the Red Planet?

Space exploration experts worry over what will happen if a human expedition introduces Earth's microbes to Mars. Are those concerns ...
Gene therapy creates boy's replacement skin from his stem cells

Gene therapy creates boy’s replacement skin from his stem cells

Doctors treated a 7-year-old boy’s devastating genetic skin disease—junctional epidermolysis bullosa—by genetically modifying his stem cells to create a new ...
Viewpoint: After Christopher Wild departure, next IARC chief must fix 'beleaguered' agency

Viewpoint: After Christopher Wild departure, next IARC chief must fix ‘beleaguered’ agency

With the sudden departure of IARC head Christopher Wild, here's a wish list put together by David Zaruk, who offers ...