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 ...
Male fertility likely declining, but we haven't figured out why

Male fertility likely declining, but we haven’t figured out why

Studies tell us that difficult-to-measure male fertility has dipped in recent decades. But with many unknowns, we need to resist ...
Neonicotinoid seed treatments: Effective crop protectants—or unnecessary, with potential collateral damage to bees?

Neonicotinoid seed treatments: Effective crop protectants—or unnecessary, with potential collateral damage to bees?

If neonic seed treatments don’t increase yields, reducing their use to limit potential harm to bees would be an easier ...
Tick tock, circadian clock research wins Nobel Prize—and why it may help us sleep and travel to Mars

Tick tock, circadian clock research wins Nobel Prize—and why it may help us sleep and travel to Mars

Our clock system is in organisms across the planet. Better understanding of our internal body rhythms may help pave the ...
Creating 'super wheat': Genetic modification supercharges photosynthesis

Creating ‘super wheat’: Genetic modification supercharges photosynthesis

A growing global food demand is challenged by the problem of limited crop-growing space. Could GMO-edited wheat meet this need ...
Treating aggressive brain cancer with poliovirus

Treating aggressive brain cancer with poliovirus

The idea of using a modified poliovirus as a treatment for glioblastoma brain cancer isn't new. But recent research shows ...
Talking Biotech: Is genetic engineering the best way to resuscitate the American chestnut from blight?

Talking Biotech: Is genetic engineering the best way to resuscitate the American chestnut from blight?

Plant biologist Jared Westbrook: 4 billion American chestnut trees have died because of blight in the 20th century. Now, there ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Oct. 2, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Oct. 2, 2017

Tale of two neonicotinoid bumble bee studies—And how science can be massaged | Jon Entine Upchuck factor: Alcoholism targeted with novel ...
Viewpoint:  No, Big Ag doesn't 'control' the world's food supply

Viewpoint: No, Big Ag doesn’t ‘control’ the world’s food supply

Is there truth to a common anti-GMO narrative that large multi-national companies seek to “control the food supply” through patents ...
Insomnia cures: Do drug remedies provide the kind of sleep that our brain needs?

Insomnia cures: Do drug remedies provide the kind of sleep that our brain needs?

People spend billions on sleep remedies. The act of sleep and artificially assisting sleep are not on the whole a ...
GMO that's not all GMO: Monsanto's rootworm-fighting corn seed uses RNA interference

GMO that’s not all GMO: Monsanto’s rootworm-fighting corn seed uses RNA interference

The EPA's relatively quick approval of a new Monsanto seed trait drew criticism from anti-GMO groups that complained about a ...
Postpartum depression: It impacts dads, too

Postpartum depression: It impacts dads, too

Postpartum depression affects fathers, too. Men experience lower testosterone levels throughout pregnancy and paternal care, increasing the chance of depression ...
Using Zika in the fight against deadly brain cancer

Using Zika in the fight against deadly brain cancer

With traditional cancer-fighting tools--surgery, radiation and chemotherapy--proving ineffective against glioblastoma tumors, researchers are exploring an unconventional treatment using a weakened ...
Scrambled DNA fragments could open doors to higher crop yields, new herbicides

Scrambled DNA fragments could open doors to higher crop yields, new herbicides

Plants have shown a wide range of reactions after being edited with random bits of genetic material. Some grow faster ...
Tale of two neonicotinoid bumble bee studies—And how science can be massaged

Tale of two neonicotinoid bumble bee studies—And how science can be massaged

Are neonics dangerous for bees? Two studies published on the same day reached sharply different conclusions. Guess which one got ...
Upchuck factor: Alcoholism targeted with novel gene therapy

Upchuck factor: Alcoholism targeted with novel gene therapy

Researchers are exploring the use of a naturally occurring mutation that causes people to get sick after drinking alcohol. The ...
Alzheimer's 'brain health' quiz likely to scare more than help

Alzheimer’s ‘brain health’ quiz likely to scare more than help

Critics question the integrity of a risk assessment sent to prospective patients by NorthShore University Health System's Center for Brain ...
Viewpoint: 'Blistering' USDA organic report suggests 'movement' needs major reforms

Viewpoint: ‘Blistering’ USDA organic report suggests ‘movement’ needs major reforms

The USDA report detailing poor oversight by the agency’s National Organic Program challenges the belief that consumers can trust organic ...
Talking Biotech: Using GMO insects instead of pesticides to fight diamondback moth, other crop-killing pests

Talking Biotech: Using GMO insects instead of pesticides to fight diamondback moth, other crop-killing pests

Cornell entomologist Tony Shelton: Using GMO insects to control diamondback moths—a global pest that quickly evolves resistance to insecticides ...
Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Sept. 25, 2017

Genetic Literacy Project’s Top 6 Stories for the Week – Sept. 25, 2017

Intensive modern farming, not organics, credited with reducing greenhouse gases | Andrew Porterfield CRISPR opens window into early stages of human ...
Targeting weeds at the genetic level aids battle against herbicide resistance

Targeting weeds at the genetic level aids battle against herbicide resistance

Understanding how weeds evolve to become invasive and herbicide-resistant at the genetic level can help scientists design better weed controls ...
Orthorexia nervosa: Do anti-GMO activists have this 'eating disorder'?

Orthorexia nervosa: Do anti-GMO activists have this ‘eating disorder’?

Orthorexia nervosa is being evaluated as a possible psychiatric diagnosis -- which is causing symptoms of anxiety among some people ...
Transhumanism and inequality: Enhancing human life could bring dystopian consequences

Transhumanism and inequality: Enhancing human life could bring dystopian consequences

Transhumanism may offer a pathway to an 'engineered paradise,' but there are many perils and pitfalls ahead -- particularly for ...
Insect damaged corn

Ugandan journalist: How do you report on crop biotechnology when critics spread misinformation?

Genetic engineering could help Uganda combat some of its toughest food security challenges. But anti-GMO activists' misinformation campaigns are standing ...
Did GMO connection prompt Gates Foundation to halt support for corn-aflatoxin breakthrough?

Did GMO connection prompt Gates Foundation to halt support for corn-aflatoxin breakthrough?

When Gates Foundation reviewers rejected a researcher's bid for new funding, one of the reasons cited was a concern over ...
CRISPR opens window into early stages of human embryo development

CRISPR opens window into early stages of human embryo development

Work in the UK involving CRISPR and human embryos illustrates the value of the gene editing technique in basic research ...
Talking Biotech: Kevin Folta on fruit breeding—and being the target of anti-GMO activists

Talking Biotech: Kevin Folta on fruit breeding—and being the target of anti-GMO activists

University of Florida's Kevin Folta on fruit breeding and defending modern agriculture--and himself--against anti-technology activists ...