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A Globalized Diet

In my recent articles dealing with the controversy surrounding GMOs, I discussed the idea of food security and touched briefly upon the subject of monoculture and the issues that arise from this practice. In this article, I intend to expand … Continue reading

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The GMO Controversy, Part II

  Welcome back for the third article in this series on GMOs, cleverly entitled part 2 just to confuse you. In my first article I spent some time defining what it means for something to be “GM”, or “genetically modified”. … Continue reading

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The GMO Controversy, Part I

The subject of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, is quite a challenging topic for most people to discuss, which is unfortunate because it is also a rather important subject. By its very nature, this is a complicated subject because it … Continue reading

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Defining GMO

Growing up, I was surrounded by fields of corn that often stretched as far as the eye can see. I grew up on a farm in southern Indiana, so that should not be surprising. My father, uncle, and cousin still … Continue reading

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Chikungunya

Chicken-what? Unless you happen to be familiar with tropical diseases, odds are pretty good that you have no idea what I am talking about. Chikungunya is a viral disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. The word “chikungunya” comes from the … Continue reading

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Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks

The Council on Foreign Relations addresses a wide range of topics, and if you explore the website you will discover that they have a section for interactive publications. Among these publications is an interactive map that plots global outbreaks (since … Continue reading

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Carnivores

Apparently large predators are big news right now…I mean, one lousy Science paper comes out and suddenly everyone is chanting “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” No, seriously. That is how NPR led off the story that aired this … Continue reading

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Leishmaniasis

What is Leishmaniasis? Sounds a bit like a psychological disorder of some sort, but in fact it is a vector-borne disease caused by parasitic protozoa of the genus Leishmania (pictured above). Despite the fact that Leishmania is one of the … Continue reading

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Got Milk?

Given that the holidays are right around the corner for many people, bringing images of Santa Claus and milk and cookies to mind, I thought I might share this interesting article about milk. http://www.nature.com/news/archaeology-the-milk-revolution-1.13471 So how many of you are … Continue reading

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Chromosomes

In a recent post, I began to provide some basic background on the subject of genes and inheritance by discussing the molecular structure of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). I intend for this post to continue that discussion by taking … Continue reading

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