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Genetic Engineering

Dow and Monsanto's Plan to Increase the Toxic Pesticides Sprayed in America's Heartland

Richard Schiffman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Green
Richard Schiffman

These two biotech giants have developed a weed management program that, if successful, would go a long way toward a predicted doubling of harmful herbicide use in America's corn belt during the next decade.

Bedroom Biotech, Inc.

Andrew Hessel | Posted 04.17.2012 | Science
Andrew Hessel

Let's face it: there's a lot of biological engineering done in bedrooms. But do-it-yourself (DIY) biologist Cathal Garvey is taking it to a whole new level.

Monsanto's Great Expectations (and Not-So-Great Results)

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Given the unvarnished facts about the failures of Monsanto's products and its widespread damage to the environment, how has the company been able to convince anyone that it is, according to its latest PR effort, "improving agriculture and improving lives"?

More Evidence on the Real Nature of Evolutionary DNA Change

James A. Shapiro | Posted 03.07.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

Conventional wisdom has it that the genetic changes underlying evolution are random accidents. Now that we have almost 60 years of DNA-based molecular genetics and genome sequencing behind us, a different picture has emerged.

PHOTOS: Mesmerizing Biological Delights

Carla Leitao | Posted 04.16.2012 | Arts
Carla Leitao

The expanding definition of "life" or "alive" is not only a consequence of joyful abuse of language and metaphors, but also the outcome of an increasingly able gaze upon the things that make -- and with which we make -- the world we supposedly know.

Astoria Characters: The Well-Engineered Family

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.28.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Jarda Nehybka never thought he'd have a wife and two tow-headed toddlers, not at this age, 69.

Children Who Glow? A Jewish Law Perspective On Reproductive Ethics

Mary J. Loftus | Posted 11.24.2011 | Religion
Mary J. Loftus

The centrally important question under Jewish law would be: Have we produced another healthy or healthier child?

Glow-In-The-Dark Beagle Created By Scientists

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 10.04.2011 | Green

A glowing beagle is definitely on the list of things we never expected to see. But South Korean scientists seem to have made it a reality in hopes ...

Eco Etiquette: Is Genetically Modified Food Linked To Kids' Food Allergies?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 08.22.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

The federal government has no problem slapping graphic warning labels on a pack of cigarettes; yet when it comes to something that affects all of us -- the food we eat every day -- we're left playing Russian roulette.

Area 51: Teen Commies from Outer Space

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

Driving to work earlier this week, I heard Terry Gross of Fresh Air interview Annie Jacobsen about her new book, Area 51. It all sounded like sober investigative reporting, until it got to the coda.

First Lady's Food Vision 'At Best Fragmented, At Worst A Failure'

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Mrs. Obama's vision for healthy food is at best fragmented and at worst a failure. She does not address the root causes of our broken food system, where a few powerful players make all of the decisions about what we eat.

Obama's Team Includes Dangerous Biotech "Yes Men"

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Smith

Instead of giving us change and hope, biotech "Yes Men" on Obama's team may prolong the hypnotic "group think" that has been institutionalized over three previous administrations.

Monsanto Forced Fox TV to Censor Coverage of Dangerous Milk Drug

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Smith The following is the third in a series called Get Our Milk Off Drugs, written in response to pending le...

Lyme/Autism Group Blasts Genetically Modified Foods as Dangerous

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Smith

Stop eating dangerous genetically modified foods! That's the upshot of the Lyme Induced Autism (LIA) Foundation's position paper released today.

Throwing Biotech Lies at Tomatoes - Part 1: Killer Tomatoes

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeffrey Smith Remember the pictures of the fish tomatoes? For years they were an unofficial emblem of the anti-GMO m...

Throwing Biotech Lies at Tomatoes - Part 2: The Liars

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeffrey Smith < Read Part 1 I write about the Flavr Savr in Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetic...

WikiLeaks: US Should Retaliate Against EU for Genetically Modified Resistance

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeffrey Smith

WikiLeaked cables released over the weekend revealed more about the US' role as a global bully, trying to thrust unpopular genetically modified (GM) crops onto cautious governments and their citizens.

PHOTOS: Glow-In-The-Dark Cats, Venomous Cabbages & Other Bizarre Genetically Engineered Creations

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Laura Moss: Glow-in-the-dark cats? It may sound like science fiction, but they've been around for years. Cabbages that...

What Do Cows' Milk And Thicker Skulls Have In Common?

Gregory Cochran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Gregory Cochran

Note that old-style humans had much thicker skulls than we do today. Field researchers have actually mistaken fragments of a homo erectus skull for part of a turtle shell.

Homosexuality as Population Control? Why Gays & Lesbians Are Essential to the Balance of Nature.

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.08.2013 | World
G. Roger Denson

Even without a causal link established between homosexuality and population management, the obvious reduction in population growth attributable to homosexuality by itself indubitably works to preserve the species.

GE Salmon? Are You Out of Your Minds?!

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeffrey Smith To help stop GE salmon, please sign petitions to the food industry and Congress. Has the FDA gone compl...

Genetically Modified Soy Diets Lead to Ovary and Uterus Changes in Rats

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Smith If you're still eating genetically modified (GM) soybeans and you plan on having kids, a Brazilian study...

FDA Says Science Around New Salmon Is Inconclusive

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robyn O'Brien

On Monday, after two days of hearings, U.S. FDA concluded there is not "sufficient data to determine that a genetic modification that enables salmon to grow twice as quickly is safe for the fish or for consumers."

Transgenic Food -- the Science and the Psychology

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Ropeik

After years of research, the FDA is holding final hearings before deciding whether to approve the first food produced by splicing the genes of one spe...

The Sloppy Science "Proving" Frankenfish Are Safe

Jill Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jill Richardson

The new genetically engineered salmon AquaBounty Technologies seeks to commercialize is the AquAdvantage salmon -- the first genetically engineered animal to directly enter the U.S. food supply.