A standout among the Brooklyn Food Book Fair's more agreeable events -- a talk about the Midwest's culinary identity, a conversation on social entrepreneurship -- was a contentious panel discussion on genetically engineered foods, presented by the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD). Two scientists, a ... More >>
The Internet’s favorite little cat hits the Big Apple
She writes about it in this extraordinary essay about her mother's death, her own "faulty gene," and her preemptive strike against disease.
Hunting for viruses with Columbia's Simon Anthony
Mayor Mike Bloomberg has declared war on sodium, baby formula, sugar and, most recently, soda. But if Hizzoner is so concerned with your health, where's the war on Wheaties?Wheat is actually pretty horrible in terms of its ability to turn people into unhealthy fatsos. And unlike soda, it apparently ... More >>
The spider becomes a man—and a joy—in The Amazing Spider-Man
Barbra's half sister Roslyn Kind has a strong, lovely voice, which she applied to a series of standards at Brooklyn College the other night--everything from "All That Jazz" to "Losing My Mind" to "Meadowlark" and beyond. And she's funny, too. Roslyn remarked, "Apple created the best phone ever, an ... More >>
The Leipzig team of genetic scientists has announced that it was able to completely decode the genome of an extinct species of humans, the Denisova, using DNA extracted from a single 10-milligram bone fragment of a 50,000-year-old skeleton. The skeleton was found in Southern Siberia in 2010, and cam ... More >>
Shit just got real in the world of genetics. Like Jurassic Park -bringing-monsters-back-from-extinction real, just without Jeff Goldblum. Scientists have determined that a sub-species of Galapagos Islands tortoise -- long thought to be dead and gone -- might actually still kinda exist.
A team of scientists has recently given alcoholics another excuse not to seek help. Swedish researchers claim to have found a genetic link between alcoholism and premature death, according to a recently released report. Alcoholics everywhere have reacted positively to the research, since it sugg ... More >>
Here is your bizarre yet enlightening scientific knowledge of the day. According to research published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, a gene that occurs frequently in redheads (a/k/a, gingers) makes them experience "heightened anxiety" when they visit their dental professional. T ... More >>
Are you one of those unlucky people dubbed "nice" by everyone? Worse, do you live in the South, and therefore people call you "sweet"? According to a new study by those super nice folks known as scientists, having two copies of the "G" gene in your DNA tends to mean that you are more empathet ... More >>
Where's Harrison Ford when you need him?
They've come for us.Looks like Charlton Heston may have been on to something.
From "Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea"Using genetics, historical data and odds, scientists have concluded that 1 out of every 200 men in the world is a direct descendent of Genghis Khan. Discover Magazine reports that the Y chromosomes of roughly 0.5% of Earth's male population ... More >>
Cornell University researchers are about to begin studying the stem cells of a dozen elderly Jewish New Yorkers to figure out how they manage to live so long. There's evidence of a "longevity gene" which protects against heart disease and cancer; a lot of these seniors are living to 100 despite b ... More >>
inhabitat.comIt's alive!In the second edition of his new op-ed column, Mark Bittman examines the regulations behind genetically modified foods. In short, the USDA now allows three types of genetically engineered foods to be used in food production and none of these will be mentioned on the la ... More >>
Clay Risen calls out a New York Times article on craft distilling for inaccuracies, saying that he has "yet to sample a craft whiskey that comes close even to Jim Beam's most basic offering." [Atlantic Food] Punch has knocked cocktails off the menu at The Drink in Williamsburg. You can still ... More >>
The Red Storm hosts the Hoyas
Guess what? There's a new gene identified that can turn bacteria into superbugs resistant to almost all antibiotics out there, according to health officials. It's sickened three people in the U.S. -- in California, Massachusetts, and Illinois -- and two in Canada. All of them had recently got ... More >>
HERE presents Sweet, Sweet Motherhood
Alfalfa: Not yet genetically modifiedThe U.S. Supreme Court, which has nearly hacked Miranda to death, may very well swing its scythe at environmentalists and consumers. The court's making noises as if it will strike down the current ban on Monsanto's genetically engineered, pesticide-resistant alfa ... More >>
An evening with the Anderson Twins
Speak softly, carry a big hook
Like we keep telling our editors: "Regular Moderate Alcohol Intake Has Cognitive Benefits in Older Adults." A Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center study of 3,069 individuals over 75 years of age who were still sharp found that codgers who had eight to 14 drinks a week -- that's a few drinks ... More >>
Since last year's Department of Health report found that one-fourth of our sexed-up citizens have herpes, New Yorkers should be exceptionally interested to learn that a Harvard Medical School researcher has found a "topical treatment" that, via RNA interference (RNAi), disables key genes necessary f ... More >>
The link between breast cancer and genetics
A field guide to genetic engineering and bodily enhancement
In the genetic chamber of horrors, normality is skin-deepand immortality will kill you
Dos and Donts, Past and Present
On the Rights of Those Not Yet Designed
Surveying the Sex Wars at Chromosome Level
From Celebrity Chefs to Gourmet Guerrillas, Americans Confront the Hazards of the Food World
Scientists Plan First Ever Release of Genetically Modified Bugs
Modified Crops are In the Crosshairs Now. You May Be Next.
Summing Up the Lessons From Five Years of Science Reporting
Two Teams of Scientists Have Succeeded in Decoding the Human Genome. Excited? Nervous?
New York Police Ponder Portable DNA Labs
The Times Road-Tests Its Privacy Standard
Scientists Find Ancient DNA in Living Africans
The History of American Eugenics Is Explored Online
Sci-fi Novelist Samuel R. Delany Imagines New York City Circa 3000
There Are Two AIDS Epidemicsand More May Be Coming
Behind the White House Face-Lift