A Manhattan plot showing results of a typical genome wide association study. Source: “Four Novel Loci Influence the Microcirculation In Vivo.” Ikram MK et al, 2010, http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1001184 Biologists and medical doctors everywhere will be surprised to hear that a few canny geneticists have discovered a new disease risk etiology unlike […]
An organoid that mimics the human intestine. Source: Yale Rosen, Flickr Commons New methods published by the Broad Institute promise to revolutionize the scientific study of organs by offering a new model system to researchers: organoids. Organoids are miniature scale organs that function similarly to their larger cousins and are […]
Changes in environment, such as global climate change, are playing a starring role in the spread of zoonotic diseases. Image Source: Flickr User Shever & Kimmrs In the past couple of years, there have been a few major illness outbreaks that have put the world on edge. Zoonotic diseases are […]
No matter where in the world you are, access to clean water is critical. Industrial water drives economic growth, while municipal water ensures public health. With more than a third of the world’s population dealing with clean water shortages, there is growing demand for water treatment. According to a September […]
Recently consumers have been growing increasingly concerned about the packaged snacks and drinks being marketed to toddlers. While they are a convenient option for busy families, critics have pointed out that many contain added sugar, sometimes making up 40% to 60% of the final product, which is bad for toddlers’ […]
In September 1987, twenty-four countries agreed to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which called for countries to cut down on their use of ozone-depleting chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).1 These chemicals were commonly used as coolants for air conditioning and refrigeration, propellants in aerosol spray […]
By paying attention to consumers who are concerned about the health risks of current toothpaste ingredients, CPG companies can gain a foothold in the growing market for triclosan- and fluoride-free oral health solutions.