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Next Meal: Engineering Food

Next Meal: Engineering Food

Are the benefits of genetically engineered foods worth the risks? This half-hour QUEST Northern California special explores the pros and cons of genetically engineered crops, and what the future holds for research and regulations.

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Who's Your Daddy?

Who's Your Daddy?

What became clear to me at a recent meeting I attended is that most everyone is going to have his or her DNA read in the near future. Another thing that became obvious is that scientists aren’t doing enough thinking about what impact this will have on society.

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Milky Mutations

Milky Mutations

Lactose intolerance is the norm for mammals. Humans are one of the few animals where a sizable minority of adults are lactose tolerant.

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More Transparent Genetic Testing

More Transparent Genetic Testing

A few minor tweaks to genetic testing companies' websites could make their offerings more transparent to the public and the FDA.

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Direct to consumer (DTC) genetic tests: Here Comes the FDA

Direct to consumer (DTC) genetic tests: Here Comes the FDA

Direct to consumer (DTC) genetic tests are taking a beating right now from the FDA. Part of the problem has to do with some snake oil salesmen contaminating the whole field. But part of it has to do with the data that is available right now and how it is presented.

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Reporter's Notes: Food Safety

Reporter's Notes: Food Safety

We put this story on the calendar back in September, before melamine-tainted milk started making headlines in China. We'd been planning to focus on criticism of FDA's handling of imported fresh produce, and had to recast the piece when it became clear that the concerns around food safety were much broader.

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Quest for a Kind Egg

Quest for a Kind Egg

Yep, I love eggs: scrambled, poached, deviled, fried, boiled, and my favorite, egg in a basket. They are the perfect breakfast or power-ball snack. I also love the idea of purchasing eggs from farms that raise them with kindness and humanity, and that has proven a bit challenging. There are many terms to decipher, but […]

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