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Fun With Genetic Engineering: Why Letting Students Tinker With Microorganisms Is Good For Education And Society

XPRIZE | Posted 03.16.2014 | Technology
XPRIZE

By Charles Gersbach, Assistant Professor, and Tom Katsouleas, Dean, Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering Elaborate competitions to build ...

Genetically Misunderstood Organisms: The Debate Rages On... (Part 2)

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 02.17.2014 | Home
Jennifer Schwab

I don't necessarily think GMOs are bad, but I sure do believe we are entitled to know what is in the food that we eat. If a food product contains GMOs, there should be a sticker, label or ID on the package that is plainly visible, letting shoppers know before they purchase the product!

The Future of Testing Your Genetic Future

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

This week, 23andMe, the Google-backed DTC genetic test company, stunned many observers by agreeing to stop sales of its $99 genetic test kit online, saying it will now release only ancestry information and raw data without interpretation.

Genetically Misunderstood Organisms: The Debate Rages On... (Part 1)

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 02.09.2014 | Science
Jennifer Schwab

Human intervention in growing food crops is really part of our history. For hundreds, perhaps even thousands of years, we have modified and improved crop varieties to meet our ever-evolving tastes and needs.

Conflict of Interest Confound the Negative Views of Hawaii GMO bills

Hector Valenzuela | Posted 01.25.2014 | Hawaii
Hector Valenzuela

Over the past year in Hawaii, County Council bills were drafted in response to community concerns about the planting of GM crops. In response, the agrochemical industry brought a number of 'hired guns' from out-of-state to paint a rosier picture of the GMO industry.

The Science Behind Hawaii's GMO Bill 113

Hector Valenzuela | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Hector Valenzuela

A new paradigm of sustainable agroecosystems is required, to meet community food security needs, and to satisfy the growing consumer demand for locally-grown, wholesome, toxic-free, and nutritious fruits and vegetables.

A Former IVF Baby on "Three-Parent IVF"

Jessica Cussins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Jessica Cussins

There are large social and ethical considerations that mitochondrial replacement forces us to confront. Most importantly, this technology raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?

Designer Baby Technology May Be Here, But Will We Use It?

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.07.2013 | Technology

We may be one step closer to designer babies. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent last Tuesday to the Silicon Valley company 23and...

Golden Rice Is Not So Golden

Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Green
Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman

Golden Rice is no closer to solving the complex societal and public health problems underlying micronutrient deficiencies than before.

Monsanto Wants Your Questions: Go Ask!

Tamar Haspel | Posted 09.28.2013 | Green
Tamar Haspel

So do Syngenta, DuPont, and Dow Chemical. Those companies, along with a couple others in the biotech industry, have decided that they've been bad at c...

GMOs and the American Chestnut: Risky Business?

Bill Chameides | Posted 09.16.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

How far out on a limb would you go to bring back an icon of the American forest?

LOOK: You Won't Believe What This Dress Can Do

Posted 06.24.2013 | Weddings

If you're planning an evening wedding (or just really enjoyed "TRON: Legacy"), we may have found your perfect dress. Japanese scientists have genet...

A Bad Few Weeks for Big Biotech

Erich Pica | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Erich Pica

The out-of-control biotechnology industry is on the defensive, and it's up to us to keep the momentum going. The next major battlefield in the campaign against genetically engineered foods is the fight to label them, so the public is able to avoid these products at the market.

GM Feed, Pigs, and Stomach Inflammation: Smoking Gun?

Tamar Haspel | Posted 06.13.2013 | Green
Tamar Haspel

You may have seen the study, with 'smoking gun' headlines, showing a correlation between severe stomach inflammation and GM feed in pigs. Take a closer look and you will see it is indeed a stinging indictment, but not of GM feed.

End of Space Shuttle Saves World

Anna Leahy | Posted 08.05.2013 | Science
Anna Leahy

If Richard Godwin's biotech company can do what it thinks it can, no one in the world need go hungry, and we might be able to live forever.

Glow-In-Dark Plant Project Sparks Major Debate

natureheader | Ewen Callaway | Posted 06.05.2013 | Science

Among the many projects attracting crowd-sourced funding on the Kickstarter website this week are a premium Kobe beef jerky, a keyboard instrument cal...

Frankenfoods: Do Americans Have a Right to Know What They're Eating?

Tana Amen | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Tana Amen

Proponents of recent legislation to label GMOs are facing a bruising food fight, given that the biotech and food industries have spent massive amounts of money to combat earlier GMO-labeling proposals.

The March to Stop Monsanto: Taking Back Our Food, Our Farms, Our Democracy and Our Planet

Dave Murphy | Posted 07.28.2013 | Green
Dave Murphy

The march to stop Monsanto is one of the most pressing issues of our time. The problem is not just their corrosive lobbying practices, but the fact that the products they produce, GMO foods and chemical weed killers, are in more than 70% of the processed foods we eat and feed our families.

Will New York Be First State to Require Labeling of GMO Food?

Karl Grossman | Posted 04.30.2013 | Green
Karl Grossman

The biotechnology industry's drive for GMOs has been incredibly undemocratic and the process is quite likely unhealthy. Labeling is a minimum -- so people can at least know what food is genetically modified and choose what's still GMO-free.

Tenth Anniversary of the Mapping of the Human Genome: What It Means for Us All

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Science
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

These miraculous discoveries present us with countless dilemmas and are far outpacing our abilities to grasp and address their ethical, legal and social implications. We need more public and professional education and attention to how it is affecting our lives and how it should affect our lives.

What Every Parent Should Know About Monsanto

Toni Nagy | Posted 04.04.2013 | Green
Toni Nagy

Last time I checked, Earth is the only place we have to live, and what kind of future am I providing for my daughter if I am not cognizant of how my life, and the decisions of my government, effect our environment?

Is China Really Engineering Baby Geniuses?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 03.25.2013 | Parents

Written by Will Oremus for Slate Sexual reproduction is a genetic crapshoot. Out of hundreds of eggs and millions of sperm, one joins one to produc...

Should 'Designer Babies' Be Banned?

Posted 02.19.2013 | Science

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Contributor Published: 02/18/2013 11:55 AM EST on LiveScience NEW YORK — The increasing power and accessibility of ...

Breakthrough Brings 'Printed' Human Organs Step Closer To Reality

Posted 02.13.2013 | Science

By: Tanya Lewis Published: 02/05/2013 11:55 AM EST on LiveScience Imagine if you could take living cells, load them into a printer, and squirt out...

Just Label It Video: Stars Speak Up for National GMO Labeling

Gary Hirshberg | Posted 01.14.2013 | Home
Gary Hirshberg

How do we overcome the money and influence of the chemical companies controlling our federal government's approach to GE foods and labeling? We need millions of Americans to tell our federal government officials that we want transparency, honesty and labeling in our food system.