Hayley McKay

Washing Machines: The Overlooked Culprit for Microplastic Emissions

When we think about man-made materials polluting the aquatic environment, microplastics are often overlooked, while plastic bags, bottles and straws receive the most attention. In reality, microplastics wreak havoc on both municipal water treatment facilities and aquatic environments. In recent years, microbeads, often used in cosmetics and detergents have been banned, but they are not …

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GM Food Opposition

“Extreme opponents of genetically modified (GM) foods know the least but think they know the most.” Not #fakenews. Published in January 2019 in the journal Nature, researchers have gathered tangible evidence that shines light on an issue that not only affects GM foods, but many other areas of science too. GM foods are deemed safe …

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The Future is Bright: Creating Fluorescent Petunias with Marine-Derived Genes

With the rise of easy methods for creating and administering transgenes, there has been an exponential increase in genetically modified organisms. From crops which resist disease and tolerate drought, to viruses designed to deliver gene therapies to treat genetic disorders, scientists continue to push the boundaries of genetic manipulation. Recently published in Nature, Chin et …

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