Turning Jurassic World into Reality

jurassic worldAs Jurassic World conquered the US box office, as it landed the 3rd highest grossing film in 2015, the question of having live dinosaurs in our time has again come to mind. Extracting dinosaur DNA from fossilized amber certainly makes for a great science fiction classic. It’s also called fiction because it’s too far-fetched to happen in real life. Or is it? Modern science has shown promise with a few extinct mammals. Continue reading

Getting More Out of a Simple Mushroom

mushroom benefitsMushrooms come in all sizes, shapes and flavors. The textures vary from solid and firm to soft and fluffy. Whether smothered in an omelet or scattered on pizza, mushrooms are not just another tasty gourmet treat. Their therapeutic or healing properties are known worldwide. Continue reading

Improved Quality of Life Through Biotechnology

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Biotechnology is an industry involving the manipulation of DNA to create more desirable molecules. Mendel’s work with pea plants determined that living things do share traits. Geneticists study the nature of DNA in order to better understand heredity of several species. Recent genetic engineering practiced in the lab are found in the supermarkets as genetically modified vegetables. Certain diseases are combated with DNA altered in the laboratory. Biotechnology is the field of perfecting life. Continue reading

Labeling Discrepancies in Food Containing GMOs

labeling discrepanciesAmericans trust that ingredients on food labels are complete and safe. Yet, few know and even less approve of the undisclosed, genetically modified food in the pantry.

The Food and Drug Administration has no reason to believe that bioengineered food is any different from food grown with original DNA. Because of this stance, disclosing food as “genetically modified” or bioengineered is voluntary. None of the associated processors opt for this disclosure because 87% of people polled in 2008 by CBS do not want to eat manipulated food (Miller, 2009). Eighty percent of processed foods lining grocery store shelves are genetically modified. It is doubtful the general public is aware of this fact. Continue reading