Quickies: Defining GMOs, Reconsidering Groupies, and Neglected Diseases

  • It’s practically impossible to define “GMOs” – This article goes through the different “definitions” of what constitutes a “GMO” and explains why each one is misleading.
  • The Heavily Judged Female Entertainers Who Crushed Stereotypes in the Old West – “Tales of domestic drudgery, rigid dress codes, and a regimented daily life create a bleak portrait of the 19th century woman: she sits tightly corseted in the drawing room, knitting booties and antimacassars for the newest of a dozen children. But this isn’t the whole story–American women of the late 1800s were hardly as placid as much of history suggests.”
  • War of Words: A woman’s battle to end stoning and juvenile execution in Iran – “Amini was five in 1979, when revolution came. The monarchy fell; an Islamic Republic replaced it, with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as its leader, and for a decade Iran convulsed with violence and privation.” Read this fascinating profile of a woman in Iran, through revolution, marriage, childbirth, and activism.
  • The Mystery Of Sacagawea – “Since aiding Lewis and Clark on their famed 19th-century expedition across the West, this Shoshone heroine has become a symbol for everything from Manifest Destiny to women’s rights to American diversity. Does it matter that we don’t seem to know that much about her?”
  • “We Support the Music!”: Reconsidering the Groupie – “The question itself is perplexing—dripping with the patronizing confidence available only to the very hip and turned on—but the idea of what a groupie is and does has been a fairly fluid one. This fall, ‘Groupies and Other Electric Ladies,’ a collection of striking black-and-white portraits culled from the special issue—all shot by Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone’s first chief photographer—was released as an imposing hardcover book.”
  • A Disease So Neglected It’s Not Even On ‘Most-Neglected’ Lists – “Mustafa Alnour Alhassan has mycetoma, a potentially lethal infection that can be caused by 18 different species of fungi and seven types of bacteria. The fungal version is more common in Sudan — and more debilitating. It happens when fungal spores slip into wounds inflicted by acacia thorns or other objects found in Sudan’s arid landscape. The cuts most often afflict people who cannot afford good shoes to protect their feet.”

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  1. December 30, 2015 at 4:34 pm —


    I’ve always seen breeding plants and animals as simply the most primitive form of genetic engineering, so in a way, almost everything, if not everything we eat is a genetically modified organism, and has been almost since the start of agriculture.

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