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Op-Ed: Are Humans Evolving? The question is back, with new answers

Sydney - The "Are humans evolving" question is one of those academic flower arrangements. Everybody takes a position, and not much real thinking happens. The relatively new science of genetics is throwing a lot of very large spanners into those positions.

Op-Ed: New drug ‘permanently changes behavior’? Too damn dangerous

Philadelphia - The sheer number of psychiatric research projects related to behavior and delving deep in to the mind is more than a bit alarming. Far more alarming is the apparent carefree lack of interest in any possible risks related to this research.

Op-Ed: DNA behaviour research. Finding information that’s too dangerous?

Sydney - New groundbreaking research has discovered areas of DNA which govern complex behaviour, and other fundamental types of behaviour. This is very good, very important research. The problem is where it’s likely to wind up.

Op-Ed: ‘Born to lead’ gene identified, with problems attached

Sydney - A gene related to leadership has been identified, with a few reservations. The most likely issue to arise is the “master race” scenario, the idea of generational superiority. Researchers have been tactful, but you’ll need to see this to believe it.

Op-Ed: Just Genes? Rethinking the basics of genetics, as genes mean more than genes

We’re just getting used to the ideas of genetics. Now, geneticists are being forced to completely reinvent the old ideas of how genes work. Apparently the old concepts are now being proved to be too simple to explain everything genes do, and can do.

Cloning animals for food: FDA in favor, others not impressed

Cloning is a potential problem solver for the meat industry. It’s hard to imagine a more relevant topic during a global food crisis. Economically, it has a lot in its favor, but scientifically, there are doubts and more doubts.

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