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Comedy: John Oliver On ‘Gene Editing’ As A Cure-All Or The Thing That Kills Us All (Video)

Bwaahahaa! Only John could work 30-foot wolves and ‘crunchy rectums’ into a futurist topic discussion. Okay, John. Gene editing is that topic… GO!

Scientists are developing new ways to alter the genetic code of living organisms. John Oliver explores the risks, rewards, and wolf-related hazards of gene editing.
– Last Week Tonight

#AndBuffBeagles #ScienceBxtches


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Food/Science: This Seaweed Tastes Just Like Bacon (Video)

Nope. Didn’t stutter. At all. But if this becomes real enough for me to taste it, I just might.

(Stutter. I just might stutter… Because, I’m DEFINITELY gonna taste the baco-weed if and when it hits the market! No ‘might’ about it.)


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VICE On HBO: Boko Haram & Unnatural Selection (Season 4, Episode 1) [Video]

The National Resource Center For Mutant Mice?? WTF?? Oh, wait, VICE is back for Season 4. Ohhhhh! Now, that does not explain it. But be damned sure that VICE will explain everything. We have the first episode of this season from the HBO investigative docu-series embedded above. Read the episode summary below.

The terrorist group Boko Haram is responsible for thousands of deaths in Nigeria. Now, the government is determined to drive these militants from the country. But is the hunt for insurgents causing as much harm as it’s preventing? Former Navy SEAL and new VICE correspondent Kaj Larsen travels to Nigeria to see what this cat-and-mouse game means for the people caught in the middle of the fight.

For centuries, scientists have been working to change the genetic traits of plants and animals. Now, the new gene-editing method CRISPR has made that process astonishingly simple – so simple it could easily be used on humans. Isobel Yeung reports from Brazil, Scotland, China and the U.S. on the technological advances that could reshape evolution as we know it.


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Science: Little Pigs Made To Glow Green… A Big Advancement In Genetic Science (Video)

Alright, you didn’t have to pay attention in school for too long to learn about gene transfer. In fact, every few episodes of Law & Order: SVU is going to involve some complex DNA evidence presented by the medical examiner, right? But could we actually see evidence of DNA? And can we use it for some science other than criminology or for something other than ‘Maury’ episodes?

Answer: Yes.

Scientists in Guangdong Province, Southern China, have created piglets that glow green under a black-light. The glow is caused by a fluorescent protein from jellyfish DNA that was transferred into the embryos within the sow, as a marker to show that the transfer of genetic material had been successful… The long-term aim of the research goal is to introduce beneficial genes into larger animals as a means of creating less costly and more efficient medicines.

Shout out to GizMag for really going ‘ham’ (yeah, did that) with the scientific explanations. But Dr. Stefan Moisyadi, Associate Professor at the Institute for Biogenesis Research (IBR), related the short and sweet practical applications: For doctors to treat patients with blood disorders like hemophilia, it is much (cheaper) to just produce the needed enzymes in animals’ blood than it is to build a factory and harvest them as is done today. Put the ‘formula’ into animals’ DNA and let nature’s factory produce and reproduce them. Done. And animal activists, worry not. The creators of the IBR technique is touting that there will no impact on the animals’ lifespan or quality of life.

Watch the video demo above. And just try not to think ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ (you will… can’t be helped). Good science, as long as the pigs don’t go Bruce Banner on us. The Incredible Pork. Okay, okay. The jokes stop if you watch.


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GMOs: Monsanto Was Wrong about Agent Orange being ‘Safe.’ Will We Trust Them with Our Food?

Don’t you think it is your RIGHT to know what you are putting into your bodies… into your children’s bodies? We at do!  We strongly believe that the freedom to eat whatever you want MUST be coupled with the free flow of information about what you are eating. That is why we are sharing this informational video published by Nutiva. Here is the  message that accompanies its YouTube video (above):

‘The same corporations that said DDT and Agent Orange were safe have now put millions of dollars into the campaign against our right to know what’s in our food. In November, Californians will vote on the most important issue to ever effect our food supply. As Goes California, So Goes the Nation.

Vote YES ON 37 Because We Have The Right To Know What’s In Our Food!

Learn more about this important ballot initiative, and the future of your food supply here:’

Just think: Why would a corporation NOT want you to know what it is doing to your food?
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