How Powerful Interests Use Science to Sway Public Opinion

In the 1960s, the Sugar Industry Subtly Influenced Scientific Consensus Without Ever Committing Fraud

In a 2016 article, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, documented a surprising link between the sugar industry and research on fat. They showed that during the 1960s, the Sugar Research Foundation, an industry-sponsored organization, had paid for a group of doctors at Harvard University to write a literature review that downplayed the risks of sugar in heart disease and emphasized the risks of fat. A media storm followed, with widespread coverage of this “sugar conspiracy.” Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition from New York University, described the findings …

Life—As We Know It—Is in His Hands

Our DNA Is Software. And J. Craig Venter’s Going to Code Us All.

We’ve reached a pivotal moment in our understanding of what life is. Biologist and entrepreneur J. Craig Venter, one of the scientists responsible for bringing us to this point, explained …

With Great Scientific Power Comes Great Responsibility

If Synthetic Biology Allows Us to Play God, What are the Rules?

Synthetic biology has been called “genetic engineering on steroids.” It’s also been described as so difficult to pin down that five scientists would give you six different definitions. No matter …

Don’t Mind Us Snooping Through Your Genes

What Ethical Challenge Looms Largest As Medicine Rapidly Digitizes?

 

Medical technology and record keeping have gotten good. A little too good. Your health secrets are shuttering about in cyberspace, vulnerable to interception by hackers. Your DNA can tell you …