The Very Real Danger of Genetically Modified Foods

by jeeg 11. January 2012 21:14
Chinese researchers have found small pieces of ribonucleic acid (RNA) in the blood and organs of humans who eat rice. The Nanjing University-based team showed that this genetic material will bind to proteins in human liver cells and influence the uptake of cholesterol from the blood. The type of RNA in question is called microRNA, due to its small size. MicroRNAs have been studied extensively since their discovery ten years ago, and have been linked to human diseases including cancer, Alz... [More]


by jeeg 10. January 2012 23:57
The Livermore, CA-based Tri-Valley CAREs filed an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court challenging the U.S. Dept. of Energy's (DOE) continued operation of a controversial bio-warfare agent facility at Livermore Lab without proper environmental review.   The bio-warfare agent research facility, a Biosafety Level-3 (BSL-3), houses dangerous experiments with live anthrax, plague, Q fever and dozens of other potentially lethal pathogens. Some of these bio-agents will be aerosolized for use... [More]

Health insurance and ‘genetic discrimination’ in Canada: Are rules needed?

by jeeg 4. January 2012 21:22
Medical advances mean we can now test for some disease markers - but experts warn that the knowledge could allow insurers to deny coverage. Brynne Stainsby grew up knowing she had a good chance of being diagnosed with Huntington's disease one day. Her father has the gene that causes the degenerative brain disorder, so she was born with one-in-two odds of developing it herself. Symptoms of the disease typically appear when people are in their 40s or 50s, which means people at risk of the d... [More]

How Hard Would It Be for Avian Flu to Spread?

by jeeg 3. January 2012 22:50
Recent reports that two teams of scientists had genetically altered a deadly flu virus to make it more contagious have provoked fear, even outrage, in some quarters. Biosecurity advisers to the American government, which paid for the research, have urged that full details not be published for fear that terrorists could make use of them. The World Health Organization warned Friday that while such studies were important, they could have deadly consequences. Some scientists argue that the... [More]
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