Science Communication & Ethics

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Good GM Foods – Bt Corn as an Example

Dan takes a look at a potentially good GM crop already in use, and links to a couple informative resources regarding the risks and benefits of using genetics to improve the food we harvest.
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Post-Modernism versus Science

The methods of science aren't foolproof, but they are indefinitely perfectible. Just as important: there is a tradition of criticism that enforces improvement whenever and wherever flaws are discovered.
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Evolution: 24 Myths and Misconceptions At New Scientist

Well, I don't have time to write a proper article today, so for your reading pleasure I'd like to point you to a great article posted yesterday on the New Scientist website by Michael Le Page. It covers some...
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Church Scaremongering on Stem Cells

Injecting human DNA into a non-human egg is a "monstrous" undertaking, of "Frankenstein" proportions, according to the Catholic church. Next they'll be telling us that The Earth is flat. These comments,...
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On Animal Rights Activism

Creationism isn't the only form of pseudoscience. One form that specifically targets biomedical, and especially pre-clinical, research is that of animal rights activism. Often resorting to terrorism, they are...
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Defending A Giant

The problem with being the big kid in the playground is that there will always want to be someone who wants to bring you down. And in the playground of stem cells and cloning, few come bigger than Professor Sir...
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How Should We Customize Life?

The big biotech news of the week has been the successful construction of an artificial bacterial genome by J. Craig Venter et al., chemically assembled from scratch. While the genome is little more than a...
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Deserving of More Media Attention

It's no secret that science journalism is, with a few notable exceptions, very lackluster in general. It seems to a lot of biologists whom I speak to that cell and molecular biology, genetics, and related...
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Who Else Thinks Biology Teaching Methods are Wrong?

I shudder to think of the way I was taught about metabolic pathways as an undergrad. Lists of mysterious names connected by arrows - all to be memorized, with little reference to how the processes actually...
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What’s with Europe’s Opposition to GMOs?

Nature sends word that there's a big showdown in Europe looming that could affect the long-term prospects for the cultivation of genetically modified crops on the continent. Specifically, environment...
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