There's 'Big Ag' and 'Big Organic'—How much does 'big' matter when it comes to sustainability?

There’s ‘Big Ag’ and ‘Big Organic’—How much does ‘big’ matter when it comes to sustainability?

It's the way crops are farmed not the farm's size that matters when it comes to sustainability ...
When does life begin? Here are 17 points in time to consider

When does life begin? Here are 17 points in time to consider

The US Department of Health and Human Services has taken the official position that life begins at conception. Here's a ...
Born to exercise? 'Fitness' genes may help lower breast cancer risk

Born to exercise? ‘Fitness’ genes may help lower breast cancer risk

A growing number of studies show that exercise offers protection against breast cancer. Research on mice suggests that some of ...
'GMO' petunias: Ridiculousness exposed and explained

‘GMO’ petunias: Ridiculousness exposed and explained

Italian researcher offers satirical look at the story of the GMO petunias that were ordered destroyed. How would you explain ...
Searching for ET in our Solar System requires methodical approach

Searching for ET in our Solar System requires methodical approach

The quest to find life in our Solar System is focused on locating planets or moons with the right chemical ...
Genetic engineering and gene silencing could fight deadly crop mycotoxins—if not blocked by activists

Genetic engineering and gene silencing could fight deadly crop mycotoxins—if not blocked by activists

Aflatoxins are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in crop losses annually. Farmers have struggled to control the troublesome ...
Viewpoint: Christopher Portier—well-paid activist scientist at center of the ban-glyphosate movement

Viewpoint: Christopher Portier—well-paid activist scientist at center of the ban-glyphosate movement

Christopher Portier, special adviser to the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, is bringing down the reputation ...
Will genetics ever be able to predict the next mass murderer?

Will genetics ever be able to predict the next mass murderer?

There have been repeated attempts over the past 50 years to find genetic links to criminal behavior or mass murderers ...
Viewpoint: Should US be subsidizing organic farming when label seems increasingly meaningless?

Viewpoint: Should US be subsidizing organic farming when label seems increasingly meaningless?

Congress is considering tripling the budget for the USDA's organics program. Should we be asking for more answers from regulators ...
Cancers and other rare diseases in crosshairs of researchers using breakthrough DNA sequencing

Cancers and other rare diseases in crosshairs of researchers using breakthrough DNA sequencing

The improvements and discoveries in DNA sequencing in recent years has had immediate clinical consequences, including the real possibility of ...
Talking Biotech: How Africa can move beyond subsistence farming

Talking Biotech: How Africa can move beyond subsistence farming

World Food Program's Bret Rierson: Inexpensive storage options could dramatically help developing world farmers manage, store and sell surplus crops, ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Oct. 16, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Oct. 16, 2017

Green technology: Disease-resistant GMO tomato that could eliminate need for copper pesticides, double yields–blocked by public fears | Paul McDivitt Sensory ...
10 truths about GMOs, organics and modern farming

10 truths about GMOs, organics and modern farming

As the debate over GMOs has gone viral, city-dwellers often position themselves as experts on farming. But there's often a ...
How do you know if your mutation will lead to a genetic disease?

How do you know if your mutation will lead to a genetic disease?

Sonia Vallabh, a scientist, carries a rare mutation that normally causes a neurodegenerative disease. How likely is it she will ...
Humans are still evolving--the evidence is in how we age and who survives

Humans are still evolving–the evidence is in how we age and who survives

Although human evolution is seen as in the distant past, every minute biological decision results in ongoing human natural selection ...
Disease-resistant GMO tomato that could eliminate need for copper pesticides blocked by public fears

Disease-resistant GMO tomato that could eliminate need for copper pesticides blocked by public fears

Field trials have shown that a disease-resistant GMO tomato variety eliminates the need for copper pesticides that pollute soil and ...
Predicting Alzheimer’s: 31-gene test may offer strongest risk assessment

Predicting Alzheimer’s: 31-gene test may offer strongest risk assessment

The APOE4 e4 gene has long been associated with an elevated risk for alzheimer's. But a new test panel involving ...
Conventional agriculture holds multiple ecological advantages over organic, analysis shows

Conventional agriculture holds multiple ecological advantages over organic, analysis shows

Conventional farming outperforms organic in several key measures -- particularly crop yield, according to a meta analysis of 164 research ...
Sensory overload: Some people genetically wired to detest bright lights, big sounds

Sensory overload: Some people genetically wired to detest bright lights, big sounds

"This world is not built for sensitive people. In fact, our world is designed perfectly for those who are detached." ...
Kevin Folta looks back 5 years after release of controversial Séralini GMO rat study

Kevin Folta looks back 5 years after release of controversial Séralini GMO rat study

The heavily criticized and retracted paper linked GMO consumption and glyphosate exposure to cancer in rats. The brouhaha that erupted ...
Talking Biotech: Can we fight herbicide-resistant weeds with non-GMO RNAi technology?

Talking Biotech: Can we fight herbicide-resistant weeds with non-GMO RNAi technology?

Monsanto biochemist Doug Sammons: RNAi technology increases weed sensitivity to targeted herbicides. This could counter the growing problem of glyphosate-resistant ...
University student reflection: Let's take a balanced ethical and scientific look at genetic engineering

University student reflection: Let’s take a balanced ethical and scientific look at genetic engineering

Rapid advancements in the realm of gene editing are raising all sorts of questions with social and ethical implications. But ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Oct. 9, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Oct. 9, 2017

Neonicotinoid seed treatments: Effective crop protectants—or unnecessary, with potential collateral damage to bees? | Paul McDivitt Tick tock, circadian clock research ...
Do GMOs, pesticides cause cancer? The Amish would say 'no'

Do GMOs, pesticides cause cancer? The Amish would say ‘no’

Amish farmers may not get cancer as much, but it's not because they don't use pesticides or GMOs. In fact, ...
What do we know about wine as a magic elixir?

What do we know about wine as a magic elixir?

Is wine good or bad for you? Much of the attention surrounding the drink has focused on the compound resveratrol, ...
Guided evolution of wheat and other grains could feed growing population

Guided evolution of wheat and other grains could feed growing population

Can we breed wheat and other cereal grains with the ability to fertilize themselves? Researchers report promising results that could ...
Is 'dark DNA' lurking as 'missing' mystery force in animal evolution?

Is ‘dark DNA’ lurking as ‘missing’ mystery force in animal evolution?

In some animals, stretches of essential DNA seem to be missing. However, this "dark DNA" is not really missing, it's ...
GMO seeds could be critical for extended space travel, colonization

GMO seeds could be critical for extended space travel, colonization

If we hope to colonize space, scientists must figure out how to feed astronauts on journeys that could last years ...