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(Peter Nowell and David Hungerford in 1960). Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) is not a cancer you hear about very often. That’s not because it isn’t serious — until recently, it carried a frightening prognoses. As recently as the 1990s, newly diagnosed CML patients had a 5-year survival rate of 31%. But we don’t hear much… Continue Reading

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The present-day Gila River in the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area in southeast Arizona.  Both nature and nurture affect human obesity. For some people, and for some populations, the genetic tendency to become obese is not fulfilled because of their environment, the circumstances of their lives. But when those circumstances change, the genetic potential… Continue Reading

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It’s a good idea to look critically at any powerful new technology, and the creation of genetically-modified organisms, GMOs, is no exception. Like any new technology, it might have unanticipated, deleterious consequences that outweigh any benefit. Many criticisms of GMO have of course been raised, as a brief interrogation of the internet will show. But unfortunately,… Continue Reading