America Likes Science. It Does Not Like Scientists' Findings.

Survey results published Thursday by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Academy for the Advancement of Science indicate most Americans hold science in high esteem, while revealing huge opinion gaps between scientists and the general public over issues like GMOs and anthropogenic climate change. » 1/29/15 4:00pm 1/29/15 4:00pm

All the Science-Related Issues The U.S. Will Be Voting On Today

When voters go to the polls today, they will be confronted with 146 referenda and initiatives in 41 states and the District of Columbia. Among the measures are several related to science and the environment, including genetically modified food, hunting and disease research. » 11/04/14 9:40am 11/04/14 9:40am

Jerry Greenfield, the co-founder of Ben & Jerry's, traveled to Portland where he unveiled a new flavor—"Food Fight Fudge Brownie"— to support Oregon's ballot measure to impose mandatory GMO labeling. Ironic, given that Greenfield's state, Vermont, has exempted dairy products from GMO labels. » 10/13/14 10:20am 10/13/14 10:20am

The Dubious Science Of GMO Food Labels

So far this year, 25 state legislatures have proposed mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. But a look at existing measures around the country reveals widespread discrepancies over which foods should be included or declared exempt—raising concerns that we're heading toward a regulatory train wreck. » 9/15/14 9:00am 9/15/14 9:00am

A Federal Judge Has Struck Down An Anti-GMO Law In Hawaii

Last year, Hawaii's fourth-largest island, Kauai, passed a local ordinance restricting the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. But,a federal judge has ruled the county overstepped its legal authority — which has potentially huge implications for whether local communities across the U.S. can ban GMO crops. » 9/02/14 9:00am 9/02/14 9:00am

This plant has been genetically engineered to provide mood lighting

By splicing genes from a bioluminescent bacteria with a common decorative plant called Nicotiana alata, engineers have created the first biological light source for your home. This is the first glimpse of a future world where synthetic biology transforms our lives. » 1/14/14 5:13pm 1/14/14 5:13pm

Are GMO bans akin to climate change denial? A piece in this week's New York Times examines the challenges a Hawaiian politician is facing in finding credible information about genetically modified foods, amidst passionate anti-GMO pleas and charges from agricultural researchers that GMO bans are anti-science. » 1/06/14 3:20pm 1/06/14 3:20pm

Controversial study linking GM corn to tumors in rats retracted

Since its publication in September 2012, a study that showed rats fed Monsanto’s glyphosate-resistant NK603 maize developed more tumors than controls has been roundly criticized for its poor experimental design and dubious statistical methods. Yesterday, the study was retracted. » 11/29/13 8:00am 11/29/13 8:00am

On the subject of "real" food

There's been an awful lot of talk lately about GMOs, their "artificiality," and whether they are or are not the next great plague upon humanity. Which is silly, because what we really, truly should be talking about when it comes to food and its "realness" is the nature-defying, space-time violating scourge that is… » 10/07/13 11:34am 10/07/13 11:34am

These are grapes. Yes, really.

It looks a lot like a dark-purple ristra, but this bundle of elongated pods is in fact made up entirely of grapes. They're called "witches fingers," and of you're in the U.S. they could be coming to a grocery store near you, and with them a variety of other weird grapes. » 8/08/13 9:30am 8/08/13 9:30am

The most important thing you'll read today is an article about oranges

The discourse on genetically modified crops gained a cogent and sorely needed voice this weekend, with the publication of a captivating narrative-treatment of the subject in The New York Times by science writer Amy Harmon. The title of her feature: "A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA." » 7/29/13 12:45pm 7/29/13 12:45pm

Bizarre GMO wheat mystery in Oregon

A farmer in Oregon recently discovered unkillable wheat in his fields. He'd sprayed the whole field with a pesticide called Roundup, but this patch of wheat wouldn't die. Convinced he'd discovered a new super-wheat mutation, he sent some to a scientist. » 7/11/13 1:14pm 7/11/13 1:14pm

Nature devotes an issue to Genetically Modified Organisms

Esteemed scientific journal Nature has devoted its latest issue to exploring the science behind GMOs, and comes away with a refreshingly rational take on the matter. In her "Hard Look" at GM crops, Nature reporter Natasha Gilbert makes the astute observation cited here. » 5/01/13 4:30pm 5/01/13 4:30pm

GMOs are one solution to an ancient puzzle

Genetically modified organisms are not the enemy. They're not even the problem. In fact, our ability to tweak the genetic code of crops and other organisms is a new approach to solving one of humanity's oldest puzzles: how do we feed ourselves? And how do we do it safely? » 3/25/13 1:05pm 3/25/13 1:05pm

Companies that paid over $1 million to stop GMO labels on foods

If you live in the U.S., it's likely that you eat a lot of GMO foods, and there is plenty of scientific evidence that these foods are perfectly safe. Still, many consumers want GMO foods to be labeled, simply because they want to know whether their food is the product of genetic engineering or not. » 8/15/12 12:58pm 8/15/12 12:58pm

Use transgenic fish to make bioluminescent sushi rolls

Really, one of the key issues with sushi is that it doesn't glow under black light. To solve that problem, the Center for Genomic Gastronomy is using genetically modified fishies from the pet store to create tasty treats that will be perfect for your next rave. » 2/10/12 10:30am 2/10/12 10:30am

explores the use of biotechnology in human food…

Goats Genetically Engineered to Produce Drugs in Their Milk

On Friday, the US Food and Drug Adminstration stopped dragging its feet and acknowledged that tomorrow's drugs are just as likely to be made in the bosoms of goats as they are to come out of a laboratory. The latest craze among drug makers is "pharming," or the practice of creating special, genetically-engineered… » 2/09/09 12:00pm 2/09/09 12:00pm

Genetically-Engineered Cows Produce 20% More Milk

In a few years, dairy farmers will be able to order special genetically-modified cows that produce 20% more milk than common cows. Researchers in Argentina have developed a strain of cow that produces extra bovine growth hormone, which apparently leads to the greater milk production. [via SciDevNet » 11/21/08 11:40am 11/21/08 11:40am]

Genetically-Engineered Purple Tomatoes Boost Health

This gorgeous, genetically-engineered tomato gets its deep purple color from Snapdragon flower genes. But European researchers didn't just splice those genes into the tomato for aesthetic reasons. In a recent issue of Nature, the researchers write » 10/27/08 1:30pm 10/27/08 1:30pm that Snapdragon transgenes also boosted the tomato's natural…

It's a GMO Holiday With Glowing Red Kitty, Glowing Green Bunny

Just hold 'em under fluorescent bulbs, and they're like living, purring holiday lights! A Korean team of genetic engineers has created a super race of glowing red kitties. What everyone seems to have forgotten is that several years ago, bio-artist Eduardo Kac had some French engineers build him a glowing green bunny. » 12/14/07 11:00am 12/14/07 11:00am