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Anti-GMO activists win victory on Hawaii island

biobricks biobricks writes  |  about 8 months ago

biobricks (1245196) writes "New York Times reports on how the county council on the Big Island of Hawaii banned GMOs. The story is told through the eyes of one lonely councilman's struggle with the left-wing forces of anti-science and fear mongering in genetic engineering"
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Protesters vandalize GMO rice designed to help malnourished

biobricks biobricks writes  |  1 year,22 days

biobricks (1245196) writes "NYT headline: "The fight over genetically modified crops has gone global. Is hysteria impeding science?" Story is about on protests against genetically modified rice that could provide vitamin A to the half-million children who go blind each year without it. By the same reporter who wrote about GMO oranges a couple weeks ago."
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GMO Oranges? Altering a Fruit's DNA to Save it

biobricks biobricks writes  |  about a year ago

biobricks (1245196) writes "NY Times story says the Florida orange crop is threatened by an incurable disease and traces the efforts of one company to insert a spinach gene in orange trees to fend it off. Not clear if consumers will go for it though."
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Autistic and Seeking A Place in an Adult World

biobricks biobricks writes  |  more than 2 years ago

biobricks (1245196) writes "NYT chronicles a year in the life of a 20something with autism who is an amazing artist and is trying to get a job in a world where his lack of social skills put him at a distinct disadvantage. Story includes new embedded video feature never seen before in NYT."
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Tornado survivors reunited with their stuff via FB

biobricks biobricks writes  |  more than 3 years ago

biobricks (1245196) writes "NYT reports on what might be the best-ever use of FB, as a kind of lost-and-found for storm survivors whose keepsakes "fell out of the sky" 100-200 miles from where they lived. Article says dozens have been reunited with their stuff but "the page is also turning social networking software designed to help friends stay in touch into an unexpected meeting ground for strangers.''"
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25 Random Tips for the Busy Facebook User

biobricks biobricks writes  |  more than 5 years ago

biobricks (1245196) writes "A New York Times blog offers a tongue-in-cheek recipe for how to complete a"25 Random Things About Me" list on Facebook. Several million of the lists have been posted in the last week, and the author claims her formula, based on a close textual analysis of the lists she has received, will help millions more save time as they seek to sculpt their Facebook persona. Based on the lists I've read, she nails quite a few. "1. Say that you hate things like this, and are doing it only to get the (oh, so many) friends clamoring for your list off your back....6. Cite mean nickname you were given as a child. 7. Follow with offhand mention of receipt of high professional honor or athletic or artistic achievement...""
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Volunteers Forfeit Genetic Privacy for Science

biobricks biobricks writes  |  more than 5 years ago

biobricks (1245196) writes "The New York Times reports on the first 10 volunteers of the "Personal Genome Project" who are going to put their personal genetic data — along lots of "phenotypic" information, from food preferences and television viewing habits to height, weight, ethnicity, etc. — in the public domain in order to speed research about how genes influence physical and behavioral traits. These 10 are mostly a bunch of scientists, biotech investors, and semi-famous people, like technology VC Esther Dyson and Steven Pinker, the Harvard psychologist. But the project hopes to get 100,000 people to do it in the next few years. Critics say they'll regret it when they can't get life insurance policies and all their colleagues know they're likely to get Alzheimer's because they read it on the Internet."
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Teaching Evolution to Teens Raised on Creationism

biobricks biobricks writes  |  about 6 years ago

biobricks (1245196) writes "The good news: more American public schools are adding evolution to their science curriculum, nudging our education system out of the Dark Ages. The bad news for high school science teachers: that leaves them on the front lines of a long-running culture war between science and religion, with no teacher's manual for how to fight it. This New York Times story chronicles one biology teacher's efforts to teach the subject to students who "often arrive at school fearing that evolution, and perhaps science itself, is hostile to their faith." The story makes the point that it's one thing to get courts and school boards to rule in favor teaching evolution, it's another thing to get high school kids raised on Creationism to open their minds to it. What teachers do in the face of this challenge, the article says, "may bear on whether a new generation of Americans embraces scientific evidence alongside religious belief.""
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Cops sneak DNA samples from suspects

biobricks biobricks writes  |  more than 6 years ago

biobricks (1245196) writes "Police regularly follow around suspects and to scoop up DNA that they unwittingly leave on coffee cups, cigarrette butts and other everyday items to avoid having to get a search warrant, the New York Times reports. It's called "surreptitious sampling." Efforts to challenge it on Fourth Amendment grounds have mostly failed but defense attorneys keep trying. Meanwhile, the article suggests, "anyone with something to hide might want to keep in mind a recent decision by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals, which admitted as evidence DNA collected after a suspected rapist spit on the street. 'We conclude that under the circumstances, the expectorating defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in his spittle," the court ruled, "or in the DNA evidence derived therefrom.'""

Privacy fears send DNA tests underground

biobricks biobricks writes  |  more than 6 years ago

biobricks (1245196) writes "People who could benefit from genetic testing are too afraid their health insurance companies are going to raise their rates or deny them coverage to find out the health information contained in their own genes, the New York Times is reporting. There is a growing "genetic underground" where people pay for their own tests so they won't have to share the results with insurers, and beg their doctors not to divulge their genetic status in their medical records. A bill that would ban genetic discrimination by insurers and employers — and presumably make people feel safer about taking care of their health — is stalled in the Senate."
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