When Food Is Genetically Modified

by jeeg 4. May 2015 23:27
To the Editor: Re “How I Got Converted to G.M.O. Food” (NY Times Sunday Review, April 26): Mark Lynas claims that there is a scientific consensus on the safety of consuming G.M.O. plants. There is nothing intrinsically safe or dangerous when genes from distant species are introduced in... [More]

NIH reiterates ban on editing human embryo DNA

by jeeg 30. April 2015 21:08
  The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has reaffirmed its ban on research that involves gene-editing of human embryos. In a statement released on 29 April, NIH director Francis Collins spelled out the agency’s long-standing policy against funding such research and the ethical and... [More]

Vermont Law on GMO Labels Stands

by jeeg 30. April 2015 01:51
  A Vermont law that could make the state the first in the country to require labeling of genetically modified food has been allowed by a federal judge to stand for now despite opposition by food industry groups. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss in Burlington on Monday ruled agains... [More]

Why whole-genome testing hurts more than it helps

by jeeg 28. April 2015 23:32
  President Obama proposes to plunk down $215 million on "precision medicine," and the National Institutes of Health and its National Cancer Institute will spend it by sequencing the whole genome of a million or more Americans. Is whole-genome testing the path to health? The short answer ... [More]

How Future Hackers Will Target Your DNA

by jeeg 28. April 2015 21:44
  Think of all the trouble that computer hackers cause. Now imagine what DNA hackers could do. In the future, DNA hackers won’t sneak viruses into your laptop and crash websites. Instead, they’ll sneak viruses into your body and crash you, and maybe billions of other people, t... [More]

Genetic Testing Moves Into World of Employee Health

by jeeg 28. April 2015 21:41
  Your employer may one day help determine if your genes are why your jeans have become too snug. Big companies are considering blending genetic testing with coaching on nutrition and exercise to help workers lose weight and improve their health before serious conditions like diabetes or ... [More]

Chinese Scientists Edit Genes of Human Embryos, Raising Concerns

by jeeg 24. April 2015 21:27
  The experiment with human embryos was dreaded, yet widely anticipated. Scientists somewhere, researchers said, were trying to edit genes with a technique that would permanently alter the DNA of every cell so any changes would be passed on from generation to generation. Those concern... [More]

Mammoth genome sequence completed

by jeeg 24. April 2015 18:23
  An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. A US team is already attempting to study the animals' characteristics by inserting mammoth genes into elephant stem cells. They want to find out what made the mammoths different from their modern... [More]

Pseudoscience in the Witness Box

by jeeg 24. April 2015 00:03
  The Washington Post published a story so horrifying this weekend that it would stop your breath: “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered eviden... [More]

Critics Lash Out At Chinese Scientists Who Edited DNA In Human Embryos

by jeeg 23. April 2015 20:04
  For the first time, scientists have edited DNA in human embryos, a highly controversial step long considered off limits. Junjiu Huang and his colleagues at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, performed a series of experiments involving 86 human embryos to see if they could m... [More]
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