30. June 2014 22:07
Nicholas Wade's new book on the biology of human races, A Troublesome Inheritance, has by now been reviewed in many venues. In it, he argues that new scientific understandings of our genetic inheritance are increasing our understanding of differences among humans. And yet, Wade argues, political sensitivities are holding back research. Reviews of the book have stretched from cries of overt racism to praise for shunning political correctness. Yet none have directly attacked the scien... [More]
27. June 2014 19:14
The FBI's facial recognition database, into which it wants to put 52 million of our mugs by the end of 2015, is only part of its larger Next Generation Identification (NGI) program. The NGI program is intended to give the feds a full range of means to identify us according to biometric markers, including facial feature, digitized fingerprints, photographs of tattoos, scans of the irises of human eyes...
It's a lot of data for tagging people, all going into a centralized system. That... [More]
27. June 2014 02:02
A controversial paper by Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini and colleagues has been republished after a stringent peer review process.
The chronic toxicity study examines the health impacts on rats of eating a commercialized genetically modified (GM) maize, Monsanto’s NK603 glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup.
The original study, published in Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) in September 2012, found severe liver and kidney damage and hormonal disturbanc... [More]
25. June 2014 22:56
Council for Responsible Genetics, EPIC, EFF, ACLU, Defending Dissent, and a coalition of over 30 organizations have urged Attorney General Holder to immediately conduct a privacy assessment of the FBI's proposed "Next Generation Identification" system. The system is set to go fully operational despite a required privacy assessment.
When completed, the NGI system will be the largest biometric database in the world. The vast majority of records containe... [More]
25. June 2014 21:35
With its initial publication in 1978, Bioethics became the first encyclopedia reference to focus solely on a then burgeoning field, in effect helping to define the discipline. Both the first and second (1995) editions won the Dartmouth Medal, and the set remains the standard reference on bioethics for teachers, students, and those in related fields of health care, philosophy, environmentalism, law, and religious studies. The fourth edition offers hundreds of revisions or addenda to ... [More]
25. June 2014 20:12
Last night the Council for Responsible Genetics hosted a book party on the terrace of the American Museum of Natural History to celebrate the release of our new book, The GMO Deception: What You Need to Know about the Food, Corporations, and Government Agencies Putting Our Families and Our Environment at Risk (Skyhorse Publishing, June 2014). Edited by CRG Board Chair Sheldon Krimsky and CRG President Jeremy Gruber, with a foreword by Ralph Nader, The GMO Deception gives voice to some ... [More]
23. June 2014 22:09
Let us celebrate today the latest initiatives of our nation's growing food safety movement.
Across the country, consumers are demanding the right to know what is in their food, and labeling of genetically engineered food.
It's a vibrant and diverse coalition: mothers and grandmothers, health libertarians, progressives, foodies, environmentalists, main street conservatives and supporters of free-market economics. Last year, a New York Times poll found that a near-unanimous 93 percent... [More]
20. June 2014 01:54
As many as 75 scientists working in U.S. federal government laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria and are being offered treatment to prevent infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.
The potential exposure occurred after researchers working in a high-level biosecurity laboratory at the agency's Atlanta campus failed to follow proper procedures to inactivate the bacteria. They then transferred the samples, which ma... [More]
20. June 2014 01:28
Aimee Robeson just wants an answer.
Her son, Christian, was born in 2010 with multiple, mysterious syndromes that leave him unable to speak, chew, or walk on his own.
Initial genetic tests failed to provide a diagnosis. Aimee's hopes are now pinned on a new test called exome sequencing that searches all the protein-making genes for glitches that could explain Christian's condition.
Once strictly the domain of research labs, gene-sequencing tests increasingly are being used to help u... [More]
20. June 2014 00:01
U.S. scientists working together with oil company Maxus Energy took around 3,500 blood samples from the indigenous Amazonian tribe known as the Huaorani, Ecuador charged on Monday.
The Huaorani are known for a unique genetic makeup that makes them immune to certain diseases.
René Ramírez, the head of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, told Ecuador state TV on Monday that samples were taken from around 600 Huaorani, and that multiple pin... [More]