commented on All the GMO News That Fits! The Elway Poll, the World Food Prize, and Who Gave to the GMA
@24 I don't think you can say the pushers are anti-science. It requires a lot of scientific effort to create those crops. I think you can say that they are anti-public awareness and extremely pro-science (as long as they are making money with it). GMO crops are definitely not sustainable, but at the same time there doesn't appear to be any harm from eating them. I would actually argue that we don't really know the effects, but the likelihood of harm appears extremely low. I have over 20 years working in genetics and genomics, I have worked for both the corporate and academic sides of science and currently run the laboratory for the genome center at UW. Personally, I have always considered Monsanto to be an evil giant, and I am pro-labeling mainly based on the fact that people should be provided as much information about what they are buying as possible.
commented on Sloggers, I Have a Turd in My Freezer. Can You Help a Lady Out?
@41 should be right on - human epithelials are present in human feces (I assume dog epithelials would be present in dog). Fred Hutch has a dog genome project going - they may have data that could be used to make primers for a "dog-specific" PCR, but if dog and human are your only options, eliminating one or the other is all you need to do.