How anti-biotech environmental groups are trying to kill roll-out of AquaBounty's sustainable salmon

How anti-biotech environmental groups are trying to kill roll-out of AquaBounty’s sustainable salmon

Jon Entine | 
If you love Atlantic salmon, what you are eating is almost certainly farm-raised, despite what the label might say. The ...
How the brain resists when presented with scientific consensus on controversial issues

How the brain resists when presented with scientific consensus on controversial issues

David Warmflash | 
Why do people refuse to change their views when confronted with scientific consensus? Research is starting to show us how ...
Talking Biotech: How will agricultural-biotech seed company mergers impact farmers and sustainability?

Talking Biotech: How will agricultural-biotech seed company mergers impact farmers and sustainability?

Sylvie Bonny, Paul Vincelli | 
French researcher Sylvie Bonny: Some worry that corporate consolidation will raise seed prices and hurt farmers, while others believe mergers ...
Viewpoint: Non-GMO Project label offers nothing for consumers

Viewpoint: Non-GMO Project label offers nothing for consumers

David Warmflash | 
The presence of a Non-GMO Project seal of approval doesn't really tell consumers anything about their food. And it's questionable ...
Anatomy of the demon Demogorgon from 'Stranger Things': Is there a real-life counterpart?

Anatomy of the demon Demogorgon from ‘Stranger Things’: Is there a real-life counterpart?

Ricki Lewis | 
The Demogorgon, a creature from the hit Netflix show 'Stranger Things', resembles real life cellular slime mold ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Dec. 4, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Dec. 4, 2017

EU re-approval of glyphosate herbicide dodges farming economic woes—for now | Andrew Porterfield Have humans or any of Earth's creatures stopped evolving? | David ...
Kissing cousins: Understanding the genetic risks and benefits when close relatives marry

Kissing cousins: Understanding the genetic risks and benefits when close relatives marry

Andrew Porterfield | 
Endogamy––the marriage of relatives––is a controversial cultural practice. It can play surprising roles in health and disease ...
What foods have pesticide residues? When do the chemical traces pose dangers?

What foods have pesticide residues? When do the chemical traces pose dangers?

David Warmflash | 
Dosage and length of exposure determines whether a compound actually produces toxic effects and could lead to such diseases as ...
Brain addiction: Why stopping drug use is so difficult

Brain addiction: Why stopping drug use is so difficult

Mike Robinson | 
Drug addiction is a commonly misunderstood disease. Once addicted, it’s not only about pleasure seeking or choice, but chemical reactions ...
Viewpoint: Zen Honeycutt's 'inexcusable' attack on orange growers betrays science

Viewpoint: Zen Honeycutt’s ‘inexcusable’ attack on orange growers betrays science

Kevin Folta | 
Activist group Moms Across America, run by someone with zero scientific training, makes a living attacking farmers and scientists that ...
Viewpoint: Anti-biotech groups' master plan substitutes 'citizen science' for data in quest to get glyphosate banned

Viewpoint: Anti-biotech groups’ master plan substitutes ‘citizen science’ for data in quest to get glyphosate banned

David Zaruk | 
The European Union resisted the lobbying of organic and anti-biotech groups to renew authorization of glyphosate, although only for five ...
Synaesthesia: For those who lose their sight, colors can have sound

Synaesthesia: For those who lose their sight, colors can have sound

Vanessa Potter | 
Vanessa Potter lost her sight. As she recovered, her senses mingled – hearing and touch changed the way she saw ...
Does air pollution reach the womb, eventually leading to heart disease and shorter lives?

Does air pollution reach the womb, eventually leading to heart disease and shorter lives?

Ricki Lewis | 
New research gives expectant mothers reason to be more cautious with air pollution, which can cause damage to the critical ...
EU re-approval of glyphosate herbicide dodges farming economic woes—for now

EU re-approval of glyphosate herbicide dodges farming economic woes—for now

Andrew Porterfield | 
If the European Union eventually phases out all the popular glyphosate herbicide, the loss of farm productivity could cost Europe ...
French scientist calls for inquiry into IARC's 'misbehavior' on glyphosate cancer study

French scientist calls for inquiry into IARC’s ‘misbehavior’ on glyphosate cancer study

Marcel Kuntz | 
Following revelations that IARC withheld data showing the herbicide glyphosate does not cause cancer, French molecular geneticist Marcel Kuntz calls ...
Have humans or any of Earth's creatures stopped evolving?

Have humans or any of Earth’s creatures stopped evolving?

David Warmflash | 
Some of the planet's more bizarre creatures have prompted some observers to suggest that evolution, on occasion, is stopped in ...
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

Kevin Folta, Emily Mullin | 
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

Meredith Knight | 
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?

Layla Katiraee | 
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?

Andrew Porterfield | 
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

David Warmflash | 
Scientists are looking for evidence of extraterrestrial communication across interstellar space. But what if other intelligent life forms are using ...
Viewpoint: FDA regulations 'a disaster' for genetically modified animal research

Viewpoint: FDA regulations ‘a disaster’ for genetically modified animal research

Henry Miller, John Cohrssen | 
The Trump Administration and Congress should rein in the FDA's regulatory overreach on genetically engineered animals, which is stifling important ...
Viewpoint: Genetic engineering's benefits extend far beyond GMO crops and controversy

Viewpoint: Genetic engineering’s benefits extend far beyond GMO crops and controversy

Cameron English | 
In discussing biotechnology, too much controversy is focused on the crops developed by Monsanto and its competitors. Genetic engineering is ...
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 ...
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 ...
Can the microbiome join DNA and fingerprints in the CSI toolkit?

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

Andrew Porterfield | 
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

XiaoZhi Lim | 
Supermarket tomatoes have a sorry reputation for looking great but tasting like cardboard. Short of growing only heirloom tomatoes, the ...