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Genetic risk for diabetes is insignificant compared to preventive lifestyle factors

7/7/2014 - The effect of lifestyle habits on type 2 diabetes risk is so large that it renders genetic susceptibility insignificant, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Cambridge and published in the journal PLOS Medicine. The study was funded primarily by the European Commission. The...

Mutant maggots expected in fruit exports due to GM fruit fly disease

6/25/2014 - The same company that released millions of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes into the wilds of the Cayman Islands several years ago is now planning to unleash millions of "Frankenflies" throughout Brazil. Following approval from CTNBio, Brazil's GMO regulatory body, the UK-based Oxitec company plans...

DNA from GMOs can pass directly into humans, study confirms

6/24/2014 - The idea that DNA from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is broken down in the digestive tract and rendered innocuous, a common industry claim, is patently false. A recent study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE found that large, meal-derived DNA fragments from GMOs are fully capable...

Scientist who advocates GMO golden rice also advocates infanticide

6/3/2014 - In the eyes of some professors and scientists, genetically modified foods can be an open door toward transhumanism -- believing that mankind can break through current physical limitations by genetically altering food, offspring and the environment. Could this really be an ulterior motive in the minds...

What you eat changes gene expression for colorectal cancer

5/24/2014 - One in three people carries a genetic variant that makes them especially sensitive to increased colorectal cancer risk from processed meat consumption, according to a study conducted by researchers from 27 different institutions and published in the journal PLOS Genetics on April 17. "Our results...

The link between GM cotton and antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea - scientists sound the alarm

5/20/2014 - We may not associate much risk with seemingly "inedible" genetically modified crops like cotton, but the dangers are very real. GM cotton actually poses a triple threat -- Bt pollen, widespread use of cottonseed oil in the food industry and cottonseed cake fed to animals. Researchers are now concerned...

Epigenetics proof: Mother's diet selectively silences genes of offspring

5/8/2014 - A study published April 29 in the journal Nature Communications has provided the first proof that a mother's diet can change the expression of genes in her unborn child. The study was conducted by researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC) International Nutrition Group at the London School...

Children with strange gene mutation found to possess 'super' immunity to viruses

4/27/2014 - Some interesting discoveries in the area of gene encoding are generating fresh buzz within the scientific community. A new study recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine has identified a rare type of gene mutation in some humans that appears to confer "super" immunity to viruses, a...

Monsanto and Big Food Losing the GMO and 'Natural' Food Fight

4/18/2014 - After 20 years of battling Monsanto and corporate agribusiness, food and farm activists in Vermont, backed by a growing Movement across the country, are on the verge of a monumental victory - mandatory labels on genetically engineered foods and a ban on the routine industry practice of labeling GMO-tainted...

FDA considers approval of genetically modified babies

3/24/2014 - As mainstream society inches increasingly further away from the natural order of things, some scientists are busy hatching new methods of human reproduction that employ the same gene-altering techniques used by biotechnology companies like Monsanto. And according to new reports, the U.S. Food and Drug...

Canadian farmers reject GM apples

3/19/2014 10:53:00 AM - Opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and demand for cleaner, healthier food is escalating around the globe, and Canada is no exception. Apple farmers in Nova Scotia, Canada, are concerned about a new kind of genetically modified apple being introduced in the nation's food supply, as reported...

GMOs will unleash global killer 'ecocide' across the planet, warns prominent scientist

3/11/2014 - A top scientist and "risk engineering" expert is now publicly warning that GMOs pose a dire, genuine threat to the continuation of life on Earth. Nassim Taleb, author of The Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness, says that GMOs have the potential to cause "an irreversible termination of life at some scale,...

Brazil ignored food safety agency warnings when it approved GM maize in 2007

3/5/2014 - Genetically modified maize seed that creates its own insecticide from a protein gene of E. coli bacteria is highly controversial but is now accepted in Brazil thanks to a former Monsanto lawyer who advises and regulates the flow of GMOs coming into the country. Years ago, in 2007, this GM maize was...

Could this gene mutation be the cause of your health problems?

2/25/2014 - Science has discovered certain gene mutations within many individuals that restrict their body's ability to effectively function. One of the most important mutations is methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphisms. Researchers have found this defect in close to 50 percent of the population...

Exposure to nicotine in womb raises obesity risk

2/24/2014 - Not smoking or drinking during pregnancy is one of those "everyone knows" affairs. But not everyone abides by those rules. Health Canada estimates that around 20% of expectant mothers continue smoking. And some that do abide use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), which could be in the form of a...

Cadmium could have adverse effects on brain development, reducing neurogenesis

1/29/2014 - The EPA publicly states that cadmium toxicity through inhalation and oral exposure can cause developmental effects, such as low fetal weight, skeletal malformations, interference with fetal metabolism and impaired neurological development. Researchers from the California Institute of Technology in...

Superbugs are breeding, spreading drug-resistant genes at water treatment plants

1/22/2014 - What role does the current overuse of antibiotics play in encouraging the spread of new and invasive super bugs? Why are water treatment facilities spreading super bugs even after the water has been treated? Is chlorine an effective water disinfectant? Experts are beginning to ponder these...

Fathers' diets and health found to influence offspring's obesity, insulin resistance

1/21/2014 - Passing on genes to children may have little to do with fate, coincidence or destiny. Maternal care is very important for healthy fetal development, but there may be even more at play in genetic development. New research suggests that gene expression can, in fact, be "prefabricated" or "controlled"...

Meditation can fight inflammatory disease on the genetic level

12/18/2013 - Recent scientific research regarding the effects of meditation on human psychology and physiology has revealed that the popular practice holds tremendous potential for natural well-being. Initially, it was believed that meditation can only change behavioral patterns and enhance emotional stability,...

Research shows curcumin suppresses cancer cell invasion and metastasis

12/3/2013 - Doctors in hospitals around the world should be leaning in to hear the results of this study. At the School of Medicine in National Yang-Ming University, in Taipei, Taiwan, researchers studied the active component of turmeric, curcumin, for its anti-tumor capabilities. In the thorough study, curcumin...

Here's another way processed meats may increase colon cancer risks

11/8/2013 - Colon cancer is a particularly deadly form of the disease that is rapidly increasing among those who consume a traditional Western-style diet, which has previously been shown to dramatically raise disease incidence due to a lack of fiber and high intake of sugary, processed carbohydrates. Prior studies...

Researchers say marital satisfaction is based on this specific gene: Are you a victim of bad relationship genetics?

10/15/2013 - As the trend to attribute everything to physiology and genetics rages on, researchers from UC Berkeley and Northwestern University claim that genes are what determine satisfaction in your marriage. Specifically, the 5-HTTLPR gene, which you received from both parents, is said to be the cause of marital...

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