Category Archives: Biotechnology

Yet another nail in Tamiflu™

Tamiflu™ (generic name: Oseltamivir) has been promoted for years as a miracle drug for treating influenza (including swine flu) and other viral nasties. The US gov’t has spent gazillions of tax dollars stockpiling it. But…. Continue reading

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Groundbreaking stem cell research? Might need a step back

Not yet clear whether this groundbreaking research which was published in Nature was too much wishful hopes and thinking, “just one of those things”, or a bit more deliberate. On the good news front, though, the possible flaws were pretty quickly discovered, the original author is stepping back, and it’s all being carefully re-reviewed.

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Junk DNA, Junk DNA. Paging Rosalind Russell…

[NY Times]

I Had My DNA Picture Taken, With Varying Results

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“I’m a healthy 28-year-old woman, but some nasty diseases run in my family: coronary heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s and breast cancer. So I decided to read the tea leaves of my DNA….”
- and it turned out that three labs gave conflicting results…

more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/31/science/i-had-my-dna-picture-taken-with-varying-results.html

‘Green energy’ via press release and tax money

In the latest “green energy” news, another gov’t facility has issued a press release announcing their Big Step forward. In this case, they’re claiming a major breakthrough in rapid conversion of algae into fuel oil and other hydrocarbons.

To be fair to them, they’re reasonably cautious in their statements. Of course, they’re calling for more funding. Oh, and they’ve got a commercial partner who’s participating courtesy of gov’t (taxpayer) grants…

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Remember that “Swine flu” (A/H1N1) scare five years ago?

Some researchers analyzed the news coverage in the UK. To the surprise of, well, absolutely no one, people with connections to the drug industry were way more worried publicly, and were solidly promoting the use of anti-viral and other meds. This despite the fact that the effectiveness of these treatments is, to be charitable, very questionable.
To be fair, of course, many experts are, indeed, working in their industries of choice. Just like, for example, aeronautical experts are going to be found at Boeing. But they really should ID their affiliations and reporters need to keep them in mind: Continue reading

Seems that latest push for more and more statins… had some flaws

There have been lots and lots of studies over the past decades that prove that statins are effective in changing the cholesterol levels in blood. What’s not at all so clear is whether this actually makes any difference to most patients in helping to reduce death rates from heart disease.

[NY Times]

Risk Calculator for Cholesterol Appears Flawed

Last week, the nation’s leading heart organizations released a sweeping new set of guidelines for lowering cholesterol, along with an online calculator meant to help doctors assess risks and treatment options. But, in a major embarrassment to the health groups, the calculator appears to greatly overestimate risk, so much so that it could mistakenly suggest that millions more people are candidates for statin drugs.

more info at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/18/health/risk-calculator-for-cholesterol-appears-flawed.html

‘World’ (i.e., thousands of activists in real world of billions) marches against abundance of affordable food made with technology (aka GMO food)

In “‘No Monsanto!’: World marches against GMO food”, RT.com reports: Continue reading

Ben & Jerry’s vows to stop using GMO ingredients in North America by next year

JunkScience looks forward to debunking this — like we did with Ben & Jerry’s dioxin activism. Continue reading

EU Luddites, Protectionists Win: Monsanto to stop GMO activities in Europe

“Monsanto Co is not pushing for expansion of genetically modified crops in most of Europe as opposition to its biotech seeds in many countries remains high, company officials said on Friday.” Continue reading

GMO-zilla: Japan freaks out; Suspends US wheat imports after discovery of unapproved wheat in Oregon

“History shows again and again how nature points up the folly of men…” Continue reading

Scientists: EU must embrace GMO crops or become ‘dependent on outside world for food, feed and scientific progress’

EU nations can import, but not grow GMO crops. Continue reading

Study: GMO corn doesn’t hurt bees

“The natural occurrence of Cry proteins and the lack of detectable effects on nurse bees and their gut bacteria give no indication for harmful effects of this Bt maize on nurse honey bees.” Continue reading

Admission: NYTimes Food Nanny says ‘little or no reliable evidence that food manufactured with ingredients from genetically engineered plants is directly harmful to humans’

Foments worry nonetheless: “That’s not the same thing as saying that the potential isn’t there for novel proteins and other chemicals to generate unexpected problems.” Continue reading

Don’t Fear the ‘Frankenfish’: Why Rich Americans Should Drop Their War on Genetically Modified Foods

“Upper crust grocery stores like Whole Foods are taking a moral stand against genetically modified meat and vegetables, even though these products could help solve hunger for billions.” Continue reading

Demolishing the myth that Monsanto’s engineered crops drove 270,000 Indian farmers to suicide

Vandana Shiva claimed: “Two hundred and seventy thousand Indian farmers have committed suicide since Monsanto entered the Indian seed market. That’s more than a quarter-million. It’s a genocide.” Continue reading

UK Green Terrorist Recants: Blames enviros for global warming, supports biotech rice

A former first-string campaigner, now the greens consider him a non-person. Continue reading

Whole Foods: Products will carry GMO labeling

If Whole Foods is going to start labeling things, then how about also labeling the organic and homeopathic junk it sells? Continue reading

The GMO Stalemate in Europe

“Europe’s lack of trust in GMOs reflects a wider distrust of science. Similar attitudes prevail concerning shale gas and nuclear power. The irony is that the generations who have benefited most from scientific progress are now the most suspicious of science.” Continue reading

Lomborg: The Deadly Opposition to Genetically Modified Food

“Vitamin A deficiency has killed 8 million kids in the last 12 years. Help is finally on the way.” Continue reading

Lomborg: Golden rice opponents helped kill 8 million children

“Finally, after 12 years of delay caused by opponents of genetically modified (GM) foods, so-called “golden rice” with vitamin A will be grown in the Philippines. Over those 12 years, about eight million children worldwide died from vitamin A deficiency. Are anti-GM advocates not partly responsible?” Continue reading