Genetics & Molecular Biology

Confluence Of Hype: In Mice, A Genetic Change Prevents A Disease That Doesn't Exist

In modern American culture, two exploratory fields in science compete to scare the public or suggest the promise of miracle cures; epidemiology and studies in mice. ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jul 5 2019 - 10:49am

CRISPR Leads To Genetic Sex Selection In Mammals For The First Time

Fish, insects, crustaceans, and even some plants possess the ability to change the sex of their offspring before they are born. It's a genetic skill mammals lack. Or did. A new study reveals a genetic system in mammals that enables two animals to mate ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 9 2019 - 5:00am

Black-eyed Peas, The World's Toughest Bean, Gets Its Genome Cracked

Black-eyed peas, a global dietary staple for centuries due to their environmental toughness and nutritional qualities, are small beans with dark midsections. In sub-Saharan Africa they remain the number one source of protein in the human diet.  Now it' ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 9 2019 - 9:27am

Perfect Day Sold Out Of Its GMO Cell-Based Ice Cream In Hours- At $20 A Pint

Ben&Jerry's is not going to roll out ice cream derived from geneticaly modified cells in a lab any time soon- their buying demographic hates science (although their parent conglomerate Unilever loves it)- but the public wants it now. ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Aug 22 2019 - 3:03pm

Ketogenic Diet Works For Infants With Epilepsy Due To Confirmed Genetic Abnormality

The ketogenic diet is a high fat, low carbohydrate diet that has become a health fad but it was originally posited as a benefit for people with epilepsy. ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 27 2019 - 4:07pm

Can Genetically Engineered Driscoll's Rosé Strawberries Really Be "Natural"?

One thing that makes the science community spit its Fresca out its collective nose is the organic industry's claims to be more natural than conventional. Mutagenesis, where seeds are literally dunked in chemical and radiation baths in hopes to get a g ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Aug 28 2019 - 1:08pm

We're All Mutants, But You'll Never Be In The X-Men

Everyone is a mutant but some are prone to diverge more than others. The difference is largely based on two influences. One is the age of a child's parents. A child born to a father who is 35 years old will likely have more mutations than a sibling bo ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 25 2019 - 6:05am

Alcohol Is Fertility Statistical Magic- But Not In The Way You Think

A new review of other papers claims that unless women stopped drinking alcohol a year prior to conception they probably gave their kids future congenital heart disease. The authors are not kidding. And binge drinking was correlated to 52 percent higher bi ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Oct 3 2019 - 12:11pm

Realistic Lab Grown Meat Gets A Step Closer With Textures

Though plant burgers like Beyond and Impossible have surged in popularity, they are still alternative versions of the real thing. Science has been consistently pushing toward real meat, but grown in a lab, which should defuse activist claims about the meat ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 22 2019 - 10:57am

Is There Really GMO Pot?

An interesting issue came up through my volunteer work for the new website, " GMOAnswers.com ".  Apparently some pot users are concerned that they might be unwittingly consuming what they consider to be a dreaded "GMO."   The irony is t ...

Article - Steve Savage - Oct 24 2019 - 12:55pm