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Podcast: Can we harness the power of germline editing without inviting disaster?

Gene editing has moved rapidly from the lab to real-world applications in medicine, yielding novel treatments for diseases like sickle ...
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Viewpoint: ‘It’s not a political statement’ – Former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb calls for nationwide mask mandate

As deaths rise this winter, policy makers will have to take new steps to slow the rate of spread. There ...
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How American COVID misinformation energized the global anti-vaccine conspiracy movement

The coronavirus crisis is energizing America’s anti-vaccine movement and expanding its reach. Even as countries and companies race to develop a safe ...
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Video: Viewpoint: The US wrote the global playbook on the coronavirus and then ignored it

A year ago, the United States was regarded as the country best prepared for a pandemic. Our government had spent ...
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Lessons from the 1918 Spanish flu: How does a pandemic end?

[I]n order for a pandemic to end, the disease in question has to reach a point at which it is ...
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Brave Old World: Decriminalization of psychedelics for health and fun may be coming to a ballot near you

[T]here’s a seemingly small issue — only on the ballot in Oregon and the District of Columbia — that’s a sleeper, it seems to ...
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Stem cell therapy for autism? The darker side of ‘quackademic medicine’

As bad as the embrace of naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, and even reiki and homeopathy by some institutions that would ...
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Want to travel abroad? Airports and airlines prepping preflight COVID tests to circumvent 14-day quarantines

Airports and airlines are rushing to offer preflight Covid-19 testing to help passengers avoid 14-day quarantines imposed by certain states ...
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Viewpoint: Great Barrington Declaration on herd immunity falsely suggests a scientific divide over if we can achieve it and how

[The Great Barrington Declaration] suggests that scientists fall into two camps: those who are pro-lockdown and those who think we ...
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US and South Korea reported first COVID cases on the same day. They managed the pandemic; US didn’t. Here’s why

South Korea halted virus transmission better than any other wealthy country during the pandemic’s early months. It was about twice as effective ...
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Science paradox: How the response to the pandemic has been infected by bias, overconfidence and politics

[W]hen people started falling ill last winter with a respiratory illness, some scientists guessed that a novel coronavirus was responsible ...
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Podcast: The Human Genome Project is 30 years old. What have we learned since its inception?

In this episode we bring you an in-depth interview with Dr Eric Green, director of the US National Human Genome ...
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America’s sordid history of forced sterilization

On September 14, advocacy groups filed a complaint that accused the Irwin County Detention Center, which houses immigrants for federal Immigration and ...
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Validating full safety of vaccines might take months but effectiveness judgements likely soon

The global campaign to identify effective vaccines against COVID-19 has entered the final stage of testing for regulatory approval—Phase III ...
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Viewpoint: Uganda battles anti-GMO, anti-vaccine coalition agitating against COVID-19 immunization

A handful of activist groups are now working in tandem to undermine Uganda’s plans to inoculate its population against the ...
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Are vaccines now in development safe? The companies making them uniformly won’t release data

It’s standard for drug companies to withhold details of clinical trials until after they are completed, tenaciously guarding their intellectual ...
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Controversial Great Barrington ‘focused protection’ herd immunity declaration finds support at the White House

Many experts say “herd immunity” — the point at which a disease stops spreading because nearly everyone in a population ...
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Final weeks to approval: NIH’s Anthony Fauci and FDA’s Peter Marks on what’s ahead before we can expect a safe COVID vaccine

As tens of thousands of people participate in phase 3 clinical trials on COVID-19 vaccine candidates, the focus is turning ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s why excluding pregnant women from COVID vaccine efficacy and safety trials is misguided

To date, more than 140 drug treatments and numerous vaccines are being evaluated to treat and prevent Covid-19 infection. Vaccines ...
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Podcast: Facebook vs junk science; ‘Brain-boosting’ supplements; Whole grains really healthy?

Alternative health champion Mike Adams has been banned from every social media platform but continues to spread his anti-GMO and ...
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5 countries the US can learn from in how to address the fast-evolving coronavirus pandemic

Here is a list of five countries that had some of the best responses to tackling COVID-19. New Zealand ranks ...
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Viewpoint: Lack of international cooperation could perpetuate the pandemic crisis for years

World leaders now have an opportunity to seal the deal on a global framework that puts international cooperation above vaccine ...
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Trump’s osteopathic doctor Sean Conley’s willingness to withhold national security related information about president’s infection resurrects stigmas about DOs

[A]s Dr. Sean Conley, [D.O.] issued public updates on his treatment of Trump’s COVID-19, the questions and the insults about ...
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Revolt escalates over Notre Dame president’s admitted ‘poor judgement’ in ignoring university guidelines at White House ‘super spreader’ event

The Rev. John I. Jenkins, [Notre Dame’s] president and a 66-year-old Catholic priest with degrees in philosophy and divinity, was ...
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White House Rose Garden SCOTUS ‘super spreader’ event may have infected thousands across the US

From a religious summit outside Atlanta to a campaign rally at a Pennsylvania airport and a private fundraiser in Minnesota, ...
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New England Journal of Medicine sets aside 200 years of politics, editorializing FDA and CDC have been compromised, calling political leadership ‘dangerously incompetent’

Covid-19 has created a crisis throughout the world. This crisis has produced a test of leadership. With no good options ...
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Viewpoint: Setting pandemic guidelines, policymakers should be informed by science, not just follow the ‘precautionary principle’

Those who simply say “follow the science” often believe we should follow a ‘precautionary principle’ when we determine coronavirus policy—to make ...
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COVID politics: 47 instances in which Trump Administration interfered in recommended coronavirus responses, Congressional committee finds

[The October 2 Select Subcommittee] staff analysis found at least 47 separate incidents of political interference in the Administration’s coronavirus ...