Video: DNA ancestry tests can change the identity of those who see themselves as 'white’

Video: DNA ancestry tests can change the identity of those who see themselves as ‘white’

Tara Bahrampour | 
As more Americans take advantage of genetic testing to pinpoint the makeup of their DNA, the technology is coming head ...
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Do cell phones cause cancer? Long-awaited study offers mixed results, no definitive answer

Ariana Cha | 
The long-awaited results of a $25 million National Institutes of Health study on the effects of cellphone radio-frequency radiation exposure on animals is ...
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In vitro fertilization planning: How many eggs do you need to freeze?

Ariana Cha | 
[W]hen you freeze a batch of eggs, that's no guarantee any or all of them will make it through the ...
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Sunshine and green spaces could be prescription for teen depression

Mary Gillis | 
Exposure to trees and other greenery has been shown to stave off depression in adults, and a new study finds ...
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Lay off the ibuprofen? Painkiller may lower male testosterone

Ariana Cha | 
In recent decades, prompted by concerns that men's sperm quality is declining, researchers have looked at things they suspect of ...
Viewpoint: GMO debate's name-calling, death threats and 'anti-science' rhetoric bad for agriculture

Viewpoint: GMO debate’s name-calling, death threats and ‘anti-science’ rhetoric bad for agriculture

Tamar Haspel | 
What has the world come to when people get death threats for expressing an opinion about agriculture? The toxicity of ...
'Cruel and inhumane for rich nations to deprive developing world of GMO technology': Purdue president Mitch Daniels

‘Cruel and inhumane for rich nations to deprive developing world of GMO technology’: Purdue president Mitch Daniels

Mitch Daniels | 
Of the several claims of “anti-science” that clutter our national debates these days, none can be more flagrantly clear than ...
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Gene therapy could be ‘ideal cure’ for hemophilia B

Laurie McGinley | 
[L]ast year, [Jay] Konduros enrolled in a clinical trial, receiving an experimental gene therapy at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [to ...
Asteroid that killed dinosaurs had only 1-in-10 chance of causing extinction

Asteroid that killed dinosaurs had only 1-in-10 chance of causing extinction

Ben Guarino | 
The smack of the asteroid against Earth released energy on the order of billions of atomic bombs. Dinosaurs were the cataclysm's most famous ...
USDA allows 'organic' label for soil-less farming, upsetting movement's founders

USDA allows ‘organic’ label for soil-less farming, upsetting movement’s founders

Caitlin Dewey | 
The pioneers of the sustainable farming movement are mourning what they call the downfall of the organic program, following a Wednesday ...
Video: Coffee's status as world's favorite drink threatened by climate change, shallow gene pool

Video: Coffee’s status as world’s favorite drink threatened by climate change, shallow gene pool

Caitlin Dewey, Kolin Pope | 
Climate change could spell disaster for coffee, a crop that requires specific temperatures to flourish and that is highly sensitive ...
Human extinction could come within 5,100 years

Human extinction could come within 5,100 years

Christopher Ingraham | 
Every day, it seems, brings with it fresh new horrors. Mass murder. Catastrophic climate change. Nuclear annihilation. It's all enough to make a ...
Fighting malaria: Genetic modification offers two promising tools

Fighting malaria: Genetic modification offers two promising tools

William Wan | 
In the annals of deadly diseases, few have plagued humankind as viciously as malaria. ...But the disease continues to take ...
Challenging food movement: Small, organic farms not key to fixing food system

Challenging food movement: Small, organic farms not key to fixing food system

Tamar Haspel | 
[Buying food from small, local, organic farms] cannot fix that chemical-intensive system that crowds out biodiversity, depletes the soil, pollutes ...
Lack of controls at US ports and fumigation of imports feed doubts about 'organic' label, USDA finds

Lack of controls at US ports and fumigation of imports feed doubts about ‘organic’ label, USDA finds

Peter Whorisky | 
Bogus “organic” products may be reaching the United States because of lax enforcement at U.S. ports, according to a new ...
What's a 'natural' food? Lawsuits mount as FDA lags on creating label standard

What’s a ‘natural’ food? Lawsuits mount as FDA lags on creating label standard

Caitlyn Dewey | 
More than a year after the Food and Drug Administration signaled that it would soon nail down exactly what the ...
The story behind Monsanto’s dicamba weedkiller fiasco

The story behind Monsanto’s dicamba weedkiller fiasco

Caitlyn Dewey | 
The problem...is that dicamba has drifted from the fields where it was sprayed, damaging millions of acres of unprotected soybeans ...
First bioengineered 'mutant ants' could open research doors

First bioengineered ‘mutant ants’ could open research doors

Ben Guarino | 
Despite what you might've seen in 1950s monster movies, it's difficult to raise mutant ants. For years biologists have altered the ...
High obesity rates among African Americans may be linked to gene variant

High obesity rates among African Americans may be linked to gene variant

Marlene Cimons | 
African Americans have the highest rate of age-adjusted obesity (48 percent) of all ethnic groups, according to the Centers for Disease Control and ...
First US genetically engineered tree, freeze-tolerant eucalyptus, near approval—but opponents claim environmental concerns

First US genetically engineered tree, freeze-tolerant eucalyptus, near approval—but opponents claim environmental concerns

Chelsea Harvey | 
A genetically engineered, freeze-tolerant eucalyptus tree is moving closer to receiving approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, amid concerns ...
‘Three-parent’ children? FDA admonishes fertility company, blocks procedure

‘Three-parent’ children? FDA admonishes fertility company, blocks procedure

Ariana Cha | 
On [August 4], regulators issued a sternly worded letter to fertility doctor John Zhang, who helped a mother with a genetic disorder give ...
28-years in development, GMO salmon now on sale in Canada--while US caught in labeling battle

28-years in development, GMO salmon now on sale in Canada–while US caught in labeling battle

Jenna Gallegos | 
The AquaBounty salmon, called AquAdvantage, is an Atlantic salmon that contains a growth hormone gene from a Chinook salmon...In the ...
Life's DNA blueprint: Rewriting yeast genome could help design better drugs and improve stem cell therapy

Life’s DNA blueprint: Rewriting yeast genome could help design better drugs and improve stem cell therapy

Malcolm Ritter | 
Scientists have long been able to make specific changes in the DNA code. Now, they’re taking the more radical step ...
'Chemicals' not biggest threat to food safety—and 9 other myths about modern farming busted

‘Chemicals’ not biggest threat to food safety—and 9 other myths about modern farming busted

Jenna Gallegos | 
Next time you’re at the grocery store, consider these 10 modern myths about the most ancient occupation. 4. A pesticide ...
Sen. Pat Roberts: 'Uncertainty and dysfunction have overtaken' USDA organic program

Sen. Pat Roberts: ‘Uncertainty and dysfunction have overtaken’ USDA organic program

Peter Whoriskey | 
The far-reaching difficulty that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has in determining whether imported “organic” food meets standards or is ...
Deadly breakthrough? Scientists revive cousin of smallpox virus that killed 1 billion people

Deadly breakthrough? Scientists revive cousin of smallpox virus that killed 1 billion people

Joel Achenbach, Lena H. Sun | 
Scientists in Canada have used commercially available genetic material to piece together the extinct horsepox virus, a cousin of the ...
Scientists reconsider phage therapy to battle antibiotic-resistant infections

Scientists reconsider phage therapy to battle antibiotic-resistant infections

Marlene Cimons | 
Today, the world faces an alarming public health threat from multi-drug-resistant infections. The World Health Organization calls bacterial resistance “one of the ...
Following controversial neonicotinoid study, researchers warn replacement pesticides may be worse for bees

Following controversial neonicotinoid study, researchers warn replacement pesticides may be worse for bees

Jenna Gallegos | 
Two large-scale studies published Thursday [June 29] suggest that common pesticides may harm bee colonies. In some cases, the pesticides ...