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“Censored 2014 is a clarion call for truth telling. Not only does this volume highlight fearless speech in fateful times, it connect the dots between the key issues we face, lauds our whistleblowers and amplifies their voices, and shines light in the dark places of our government that most need exposure.” –Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
“Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.” —Walter Cronkite
“Activist groups like Project Censored . . . are helping to build the media democracy movement. We have to challenge the powers that be and rebuild media from the bottom up.” —Amy Goodman
“[Censored] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps read aloud to a few publishers and television executives.” —Ralph Nader
“[Censored] offers devastating evidence of the dumbing-down of main-stream news in America. . . . Required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens.” —Los Angeles Times
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States
“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
“At a time when the need for independent journalism and for media outlets unaffiliated with and untainted by the government and corporate sponsors is greater than ever, Project Censored has created a context for reporting the complete truths in all matters that matter. . . . It is therefore left to us to find sources for information we can trust. . . . It is in this task that we are fortunate to have an ally like Project Cen-sored.” —Dahr Jamail
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“For ages, I’ve dreamed of a United States where Project Censored isn’t necessary, where these crucial stories and defining issues are on the front page of the New York Times, the cover of Time, and in heavy rotation on CNN. That world still doesn’t exist, but we always have Project Censored’s yearly book to pull together the most important things the corporate media ignored, missed, or botched.” –Russ Kick, author of You Are Being Lied To, Everything You Know Is Wrong, and the New York Times bestselling series The Graphic Canon.
“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
“In another home run for Project Censored, Censored 2013 shows how the American public has been bamboozled, snookered, and dumbed down by the corporate media. It is chock-full of ‘ah-ha’ moments where we understand just how we’ve been fleeced by banksters, stripped of our civil liberties, and blindly led down a path of never-ending war.” –Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK.
“Project Censored brings to light some of the most important stories of the year that you never saw or heard about. This is your chance to find out what got buried.” –Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System.
“Project Censored shines a spotlight on news that an informed public must have . . . a vital contribution to our democratic process.” —Rhoda H. Karpatkin, president, Consumer’s Union

Revolution of genome scanning

For more than a decade scientists have discovered that a genomic revolution is transforming medicine, the genome scan of a person’s DNA can predict risks and customize medical care. Researchers at Stanford University tested the technology on 12 people, and they are not satisfied with the technology’s performance. The genome scanning uses the machines to harvest through a person’s DNA searching for variations that could be linked with a disease, and it’s not quite ready for the doctor’s office.
The machines are able to trace a whole-genome scan in twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Unfortunately, the Stanford researchers compared the genome scans between the two different machines, and they found that the results matched just one-third of the time for genetic variants that could signal a risk of inherited disease. The article emphasizes the accuracy and the process of high-speed sequencing machines that can read and analyze one genetic code in less than a week.

Nancy Shute, “Whole Genome Scans aren’t quite ready for your doctor’s office,” NPR, March 11, 2014.


Student Researcher: Natnicha Detphan, Indian River State College


Faculty Evaluator: Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D., Indian River State College



All genome sequencing machines are designed to read DNA, and it used to take years for the scientist to read and analyze one genome but how accurate are these machines? The researchers found the negative side of this incredible technology; they discovered that two different versions of the machines produced very different results and genetic information. This raised some concerns because it indicated that testing will produce an incorrect information to the detriment of patients.


Healthcare professionals are also questioning if they should use genome sequencing on newborn babies. “Instead of screening for currently something like 30 conditions, it would allow you to screen for hundreds, if not thousands of conditions at birth,” says Dr. Alan Guttmacher, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Sequencing a newborn could recognize babies’ conditions such as diabetes, obesity, or cancer and provide clues about how to help them live healthier lives but what are the implications of the genetic screening on the newborn? Stefan Timmermans, a sociologist who studies newborn screening at UCLA stated “The reality is that there’s a lot of uncertainty about each of the data points you receive. So if people start making health decisions or life-or-death decisions based on information that is so tenuous at this point, I think this could indeed be a nightmare scenario.” It could raise some concerns to the parents because they think there is something wrong their newborn and the information about the health of their baby could be overwhelming at a sensitive time for the family. Parents may overreact to the ambiguous information and the small amount of data about the baby’s health, but the test may be inaccurate.


Developments of the new genetic sequencing have also evolved to sequence a fetus in the womb, but this new phase of the genome sequencing is not fully developed. The researchers are debating whether to continue testing the sequencing of a fetus, but the sequencing could help pregnant couples make important decisions. “Parents could elect for termination of the pregnancy in connection with the diagnosis of a particular disease and in other circumstances, there may be opportunities for treatment of the fetus during pregnancy, as well as for treatment after birth,” said Dr. Jay Shendure. The implication of this is that parents might use sequencing to pick and choose babies who would look a specific way, or who would become a genius when he or she grows up. “Parents will take that information, that computer readout, maybe go home and say, ‘I want this child’ or ‘I don’t want this child,’ and a parent may decide, ‘I want a child of lighter skin tone,’ ‘I want a girl with blond hair and blue eyes, and this child doesn’t have it,’ and so on and so on,” says Ronald Green, a bioethicist Dartmouth University.
This new technology may therefore raise more ethical problems than what it’s worth. In any event, whole-genome sequencing is not yet ready for your doctor’s office.

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