Tuesday, April 26, 2016

American Council on Science and Health

Some of the top health stories making news over the last 48 hours.

 The health website WebMD supposedly gives us scientifically sound advice. So why is it following in the footsteps of the Natural Resources Defense Council with respect to pesticide scares? As a result we think the Web Doctor's health advice on this issue is decidedly unscientific. Read more

Something is rotten in Denmark. Researchers there published a ridiculous study on all the things that BPA doesn't do. But if you believe it — don't — there could be some utility. You see, BPA might make female rats swim faster, perhaps one of the most critical problems facing the world today. Science thanks you. Read more 

Researchers at Penn State University have engineered a mushroom that doesn't brown using CRISPR/Cas9, a straightforward, inexpensive and effective technique that can be used to alter the DNA of almost any organism in which it's been tried. This mushroom is just the first in what will be a long list of genetic modifications in organisms (both food and humans) created using this technology. Read more

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