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FDA approves rapid blood test for coronavirus antibodies. Could help determine who has ‘some’ immunity.

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new test for coronavirus antibodies, the first for use in the ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-vaccine, anti-GMO groups use coronavirus outbreak to stir unfounded 5G-cancer fears

Leave it to science denialists to exploit a global crisis and tragedy to spread health hysteria. As the world struggles ...
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3 million COVID-19 vaccines a week by June? British American Tobacco in pre-clinical trials on cloning-developed plant-based antigen

British American Tobacco (BAT), which makes Lucky Strike and Benson & Hedges, says it is developing a vaccine for Covid-19, ...
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‘Sophie’s Choice’ in the time of coronavirus: Deciding who gets the ventilator

Three otherwise healthy patients go to the emergency department with severe acute respiratory failure. Only one ventilator, required to sustain ...
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Viewpoint: World Health Organization, China must be held accountable for ‘recklessly managing’ coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) [March 11] finally declared the coronavirus from China that rapidly spread across the world a pandemic ...
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Podcast: Coronavirus and food safety; debunking the ‘Dirty Dozen’; COVID-19 cure worse than the disease?

As the world takes unprecedented measures to blunt the coronavirus pandemic, some commentators argue 'the cure is worse than the ...
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Video: Biohackers take coronavirus vaccine into their own hands

A collective of biohackers has begun circulating a document proposing a plan to create, test, and distribute a vaccine to battle SARS-CoV-2 ...
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Podcast: Coronavirus isn’t just a bad flu; COVID-19 vaccine may be delayed; and have we cured HIV?

The novel coronavirus is not just "the flu," contrary to what you may have read on social media. There may ...
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‘This has never happened before’: CDC ‘conspicuously silent’ during coronavirus outbreak

At a time when the nation is desperate for authoritative information about the coronavirus pandemic, the country's foremost agency for ...
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Viewpoint: Watch out for ‘charlatans and scammers’ touting coronavirus cures

The coronavirus pandemic has the whole world's attention. For now, there's no treatment and definitely no cure for COVID-19, the ...
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Viewpoint: Plagued with unreliable results, cannabis testing industry has a long way to go

Because cannabis is still considered illegal at the federal level, the responsibility of regulating cannabis and cannabis-derived products falls to ...
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Promising coronavirus treatment effort blocked by fetal tissue research ban

A senior scientist at a government biomedical research laboratory has been thwarted in his efforts to conduct experiments on possible ...
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Delving into fuzzy forecasts: How many Americans are infected with the coronavirus?

In the absence of real numbers, projections have filled the void, and it's hard to know which forecasts to trust ...
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Viewpoint: Cannabis legalization fraught with ‘confusion and false promises’

Not all cannabis is created equal; neither are the people that use it. As an epidemiologist, I have studied cannabis ...
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Plummeting prices for genetic sequencing open ‘Pandora’s box of ethical concerns’

The speed at which the price of genetic sequencing has fallen has been astonishing, from $50,000 a decade ago to roughly $600 today ...
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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ordered to stop hawking bogus coronavirus cures

New York attorney general Letitia James has ordered radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to stop claiming that InfoWars’ ...
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The risks of using gene drives to get rid of ‘pesky species’

Using gene drives to eradicate pests has a potential downside—DNA is constantly changing. That means gene drives have the potential ...
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Podcast: Treating blindness with CRISPR; customized cancer drugs; Beyond Meat v. critics; saving bananas from extinction

As genetic engineering reshapes intimate aspects of our lives, is the public on board? ...
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Eliminating HIV by 2030 a real possibility, but ‘we’re not getting off to the right start’

During his State of the Union address in February, President Donald Trump reiterated a promise he had made a year earlier: By ...
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Viewpoint: Embracing biosimilars will drive down prices, increase access to drugs

The biosimilar category holds incredible promise, and the market for these products is on an upward trajectory. But it’s been ...
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CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna on why we need human gene-editing regulations

In this episode of Reset, host Arielle Duhaime-Ross talks with Jennifer Doudna about the promise and peril in CRISPR’s future, what’s ...
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Conspiracy theorists suggest the coronavirus was engineered in a Chinese lab. The scientific consensus disagrees.

[O]n Fox News and social media, a dangerous conspiracy theory about the origin of the health crisis won’t die. There ...
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There was an opioid epidemic 130 years ago. Can it teach us anything about today’s crisis?

The 1890s and 1990s were both characterized by unopposed amplification of the benefits of opioids, the transformation of physicians into ...
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Viewpoint: 4 ways the FDA must evolve to deal with fast-moving technologies and health threats

As we look toward the FDA of the 2020s that can achieve further progress in addressing urgent health threats and ...
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We have standards in place to keep junk science out of criminal trials: ‘They aren’t working’

While it’s now widely accepted that some forensic disciplines, like microscopic hair comparison, are junk science, evidence from similarly subjective ...
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‘Disaster for public trust in vaccines’: African malaria study conducted without patient consent

A scathing opinion piece in the BMJ is accusing the World Health Organization of conducting a pilot program in Africa ...
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Once promising autism drug Abilify linked to heart problems, substantial weight gains

It has been 11 years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved aripiprazole for children with autism. The ...
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Bill Gates: AI, gene editing could help us reach global health goals ‘exponentially’ faster

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has been working to improve the state of global health through his nonprofit foundation for 20 ...