DNA traced in fight for food safety

Apr 7, 2014

DNA traced in fight for food safety

U.S. disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks of food poisoning by decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning and a type of bacteria that ...

First GM fish tough sell for FDA approval

| Apr 4, 2014

First GM fish tough sell for FDA approval

The Obama administration has stalled for more than four years on approving what would be the first genetically modified animal sold for human consumption: a fast-growing salmon. During that time, opponents of the technology have taken advantage of increasing consumer concern about genetically modified ...

Mar 30, 2014

'Designer chromosome' created

Scientists have built the first synthetic chromosome for a complex-celled organism after a seven-year effort, a step toward man-made genomes that some hailed on Friday but others viewed warily. The artificial chromosome was inserted into a brewer’s yeast cell, which continued to function as ...

Feb 19, 2014

Monkey mind control may lead to paralysis cure

Scientists working on a paralysis cure said Tuesday they had demonstrated how a monkey can use only its thoughts, transferred by electrodes, to manipulate a sleeping fellow primate’s arm to do its bidding. The lab experiment, in which a fully sedated Rhesus monkey’s hand ...

Monarch migration at risk of ending

| Jan 30, 2014

Monarch migration at risk of ending

The stunning and little understood annual migration of monarch butterflies to spend the winter in Mexico is in danger of disappearing, experts said Wednesday after monarch numbers in their winter range dropped to the lowest level since record-keeping began in 1993. Their report blamed ...

Spread of 'superweeds' blamed on herbicides for GMOs

Jan 13, 2014

Spread of 'superweeds' blamed on herbicides for GMOs

The United States is facing an epidemic of herbicide-resistant “superweeds,” which some activists and researchers are blaming on GMOs — an accusation rejected by industry giants. According to a recent study, the situation is such that American farmers are “heading for a crisis.” Many ...

GMO labeling battle grows across U.S.

Jan 5, 2014

GMO labeling battle grows across U.S.

A GMO labeling battle is rumbling in the United States, with those demanding full disclosure of genetically modified organisms in food products pitted against big companies. Although some giants such as General Mills have recently taken timid steps toward being more upfront with consumers, ...

Dec 21, 2013

Human trials start for artificial heart

French biomedical firm Carmat said Friday it had begun the first human implant trial of its prototype artificial heart, which aims at overcoming shortages of organs available for transplant. The operation, which took place Wednesday at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris, “went satisfactorily,” ...

Altered blood cells destroy cancer

Dec 9, 2013

Altered blood cells destroy cancer

In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients’ blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer. A few patients with one type of leukemia ...

Washington state to vote on mandatory GM labels

Nov 4, 2013

Washington state to vote on mandatory GM labels

by Brady Dennis

Flip on a television anywhere across Washington state and within minutes the barrage of advertisements makes clear that the latest fight over whether to require companies to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients has turned expensive and polarizing — not to mention perplexing for ...