The GLP is committed to full transparency. Download and review our Annual Report.

Articles written for the GLP list the source as Genetic Literacy Project. All other articles were written for the sources noted with excerpts provided by the GLP.
gmo food

The GMOs you may already be eating, USDA approved

Dave Johnson, Siobhan O’Connor | 
The bar chart below shows all deregulated crops, sized by the number of genetic varieties approved for each. The ten ...

Another study confirms vaccines still don’t cause autism

Alice Park | 
In the latest study on the vaccines, researchers find even more evidence that childhood immunizations aren’t linked to autism. In ...

Airborne antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in Texas may pose major threat to health

Kevin McSpadden | 
A new study says the DNA from antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in American cattle yards has become airborne, creating a new pathway ...

Stem cell cure for ‘bubble boy’ disease breakthrough in treating genetic disorders

Alice Park | 
Alysia Padilla-Vaccaro and Christian Vaccaro owe their daughter’s life to stem cells. Evangelina, now two, is alive today because she ...

How the world has fumbled the Ebola crisis

Alexandra Sifferlin | 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently projected that if trends continue unimpeded, cases of Ebola could pass the million ...

Alzheimer’s, heart disease and other age-related conditions share risk factors and genetics

Mandy Oaklander | 
The two seemingly unrelated conditions may be driven by similar unhealthy states, including high blood pressure and diabetes. According to ...

Over-active immune proteins possible links between depression and dementia

Alexandra Sifferlin | 
The link between depression and dementia is puzzling for researchers. Many studies have noticed a correlation between the two diseases ...

CIA will stop using phony vaccination programs to collect DNA to aid spying

Three years after the CIA set up a phony hepatitis vaccination program in Pakistan as part of the hunt for ...

Put things off until tomorrow? Blame your genes

Alexandra Sifferlin | 
A study by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder has found that a tendency to procrastinate is affected ...

Is good parenting in the genes?

Kelly Conniff | 
Scared expectant parents are always told that knowing how to take care of their offspring just comes naturally. Turns out ...

Children of older fathers have higher risk of mental illness

Alice Park | 
For so long, mothers – particularly older moms — bore the brunt of responsibility for genetic disorders in their children ...

Gene scans solve mystery diseases in kids, adults

Marilynn Marchione | 
They were mystery diseases that had stumped doctors for years — adults with strange symptoms and children with neurological problems, ...
gloaming

Genetic condition often misdiagnosed as autism

Alexandra Sifferlin | 
Up to half of children with a genetic disorder are mistakenly diagnosed with autism, and the treatment can make the ...

Study shows diet and exercise changes increase cell telomere length

Alice Park | 
It’s not quite the Fountain of Youth, but it may be the river that leads to it. In a paper ...
Time reproductive science center

Could embryo donation become common practice?

Sarah Elizabeth Richards | 
Embryo donation seems like a reasonable solution: IVF leads to potentially viable, unused embryos. Other people desperately want them ...

Common genetic ground found for depression, schizophrenia, austism

Maia Szalavitz | 
New research bolsters the idea that the risk for psychiatric and developmental disorders isn’t specific to particular conditions— and that ...
Asthma Getty TIME

Single genetic glitch may explain most allergies and asthma

Alexandra Sifferlin | 
Researchers think there may be a common genetic driver behind almost all allergic diseases ...

Researchers sequence all genes in a cancer-cell database

Alice Park | 
The latest map of all the genes involved in a set of tumor cells exposes which mutations drive cancer and ...

Why moms share breast cancer genetic test results with kids

Bonnie Rochman | 
In a study involving 221 mothers in the study led by researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, most mothers who learned ...

Scientists identify gene for early puberty

Alexandra Sifferlin | 
The following is an edited excerpt. Central precocious puberty happens when a child hits puberty before age 9. Nutrition, environment ...

Genetic markers predict postpartum depression

Alexandra Sifferlin | 
The following is an edited excerpt. Researchers say that pregnant women may soon be able to take a blood test ...

Bryan Walsh: Modifying the endless debate over genetically modified crops

Bryan Walsh | 
The following is an edited excerpt. I’ll admit—I’ve never quite understood the obsession surrounding genetically modified (GM) crops. To environmentalist ...

Relax: It’s good for your genes

Maia Szalavitz | 
The following is an excerpt of a longer story. Find a link to the full story below. While it might ...

Young girl receives lifesaving windpipe transplant made from her stem cells

Alexandra Sifferlin | 
The following is an excerpt. Hannah Warren was born without a trachea but now has one made from plastic fibers ...

Genetic profile predicts post-chemo cancer survival

Alexandra Sifferlin | 
The following is an excerpt. While more effective chemotherapy agents have improved cancer survival, not all patients benefit from the drugs. Now, ...

Study identifies four new genetic markers for severe childhood obesity

Alexandra Sifferlin | 
The following is an excerpt. Unhealthy food environments and sedentary lifestyles certainly contribute to obesity, but they can’t entirely explain ...
AP L

IVF pioneer Robert Edwards dies at age 87

Maria Cheng | 
Robert Edwards, whose pioneering in vitro fertilization research led to the first test tube baby and has since brought millions ...

Grocery chains won’t sell genetically modified fish

Alexandra Sifferlin | 
The following is an excerpt. Call them “frankenfish,” but don’t look for genetically engineered salmon at Trader Joe’s or Whole ...