Rounding Up Scientific Journals

by jeeg 14. January 2014 22:38
Scientific Journal publishing reached a low point in November, when the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology retracted a study by Gilles-Eric Séralini and colleagues at Caen University in France. The study, published in November 2012, assessed the effect of feeding rats corn genetically modified to withstand treatment with Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup for two years (that is a lifetime in rat years). Small amounts of Roundup were added to the diet of one group of rats. The pu... [More]

DOJ Names Experts to First-ever National Commission on Forensic Science

by jeeg 13. January 2014 22:54
The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced appointments to a newly created National Commission on Forensic Science.  Members of the commission will work to improve the practice of forensic science by developing guidance concerning the intersections between forensic science and the criminal justice system.  The commission also will work to develop policy recommendations for the U.S. ... [More]

Problem with DNA robot led to Denver police DNA mix-up

by jeeg 13. January 2014 21:10
A malfunction in a DNA processing machine led to the scrambling of samples from 11 Denver police burglary cases, officials acknowledged Friday. It took more than two years for the department to discover the errors. As a result of the mix-up, prosecutors are dismissing burglary cases against four people, three of whom had already pleaded guilty. All four people had confessed to at least one burglary, but the DNA error meant they were charged with the wrong ones, Denver district attorne... [More]

Maine becomes second state to require GMO labels

by jeeg 10. January 2014 20:33
Maine will become the second state to require labels on food that contains genetically modified ingredients under new legislation signed by Gov. Paul LePage (R) this week — but only after other states follow suit. LePage signed the legislation, initially introduced by a Republican state representative, over the objections of agriculture giants who produce many of the raw ingredients that go into everyday foods. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that about 70 percent of ... [More]

DNA evidence in Grim Sleeper case was taken legally, judge rules

by jeeg 8. January 2014 21:31
A judge ruled Tuesday that DNA evidence that led to accused Grim Sleeper serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr. was lawfully obtained from a pizza slice, cups and napkins seized by a police officer who posed as a restaurant busboy in 2010. Appearing on the stand for the first time, Franklin testified that he was attending a birthday party July 5, 2010, at John's Incredible Pizza Co. in Buena Park when the DNA samples were taken. Two days later, he was arrested by Los Angeles police. Defens... [More]

Nutritional supplement marketers to drop misleading disease claims

by jeeg 8. January 2014 21:26
Improved safeguards of sensitive medical information are also being required Two companies that market genetically customized nutritional supplements have agreed to settle charges of deceptive advertising that claimed the products treat diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, insomnia, and other ailments. The proposed settlements with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also resolve charges that the companies engaged in lax information security practices. GeneLink, Inc. and its former subsid... [More]

Why You Should Care About The Quest To Put DNA Barcodes On Every Species

by jeeg 7. January 2014 22:03
At first glance, the rather grandiose-sounding International Barcode of Life (IBOL) project seems an arcane scientific exercise. But the database – which aims to create unique DNA identification “barcodes” for more than 5 million specimens, or about 500,000 of the earth’s 1.8 million species by the end of 2015 – could play a role in commercial greentech applications ranging from food labeling to tracking invasive species to bio-monitoring at oil and natural g... [More]

Fakethrough! GMOs and the Capitulation of Science Journalism

by jeeg 7. January 2014 21:53
Good journalism examines its sources critically, it takes nothing at face value, places its topics in a historical context, and it values above all the public interest. Such journalism is, most people agree, essential to any equitable and open system of government. These statements about journalism are especially applicable to the science media. But while the media in general has recently taken much criticism, for trivialising news and other flaws, the science media has somehow escaped ser... [More]

Bracing for Carp in Great Lakes, but Debating Their Presence

by jeeg 6. January 2014 22:45
After decades of increasingly dire warnings, countless studies and countermeasures, scientists are beginning to mull over hints of something that few of them wish to contemplate: The despised Asian carp may have finally arrived in the Great Lakes. “May have” are the operative words. The latest hint consists of a single water sample, one of scores taken last May from Lake Michigan, that tested positive for remnants of DNA from one particularly destructive species, silver carp. Expe... [More]

Original Cheerios to go GMO-free

by jeeg 3. January 2014 21:49
General Mills says some Cheerios made without genetically modified ingredients will start appearing on shelves soon. The Minneapolis-based company said Thursday that it has been manufacturing its original-flavor Cheerios without GMOs for the past several weeks in response to consumer demand. It did not specify exactly when those boxes would be on sale. Original Cheerios will now be labeled as "Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients," although that it is not an official certi... [More]
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