Genetics

Science and Society: Reasons and Solutions for Negative Public Opinions

The relationship between science and the general public can be a challenging one. There are lots of concerns when it comes to necessity, use and implementation of new scientific technologies.  A recent study from the Pew Research Center was conducted to better understand the relationship between science and society. Taking a representative sample of the general …

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Scientist Profile: Barbara McClintock

Meet Barbara McClintock, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who revolutionized the field of modern genetics. Although McClintock is unfortunately not as well-known as other scientists, her contributions to genetics are immeasurable. Throughout her career, McClintock is credited with making ground-breaking discoveries in cytogenetics – the structure and function of chromosomes – where she studied maize (corn). …

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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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