Viewpoint: ‘We can’t trust the biotechnology industry to act responsibly’ — Why mixing human and primate cells for research purposes needs strict government oversight

Viewpoint: ‘We can’t trust the biotechnology industry to act responsibly’ — Why mixing human and primate cells for research purposes needs strict government oversight

Researchers from the United States and China announced in April that they had created the first ever human–primate chimeras. Mixing ...
Should children get a COVID vaccine?

Should children get a COVID vaccine?

[W]ith COVID cases plummeting in the United States and children historically seeing far less serious cases than adults, a panel ...
Bereitschaftspotential effect: Brain-to-computer interfaces are all the rage, but legal issues about how and why we act complicate risks

Bereitschaftspotential effect: Brain-to-computer interfaces are all the rage, but legal issues about how and why we act complicate risks

As I’ve written recently, a spate of devices enabling people with quadriplegia to move their extremities have been approved by ...
In rare cases, teens are developing post-vaccine myocarditis. How big a concern is this?

In rare cases, teens are developing post-vaccine myocarditis. How big a concern is this?

According to the CDC, after a meeting of expert advisors discussed the data [June 23], more than 300 cases of ...
South Africa’s Caster Semenya, beset by testosterone level restrictions and intersex challenges, fails to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

South Africa’s Caster Semenya, beset by testosterone level restrictions and intersex challenges, fails to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

South Africa’s Caster Semenya can run 800 meters faster than any woman on the planet. But the two-time Olympic gold ...
Can advertisers invade your dreams?

Can advertisers invade your dreams?

[B]rands from Xbox to Coors to Burger King are teaming up with some scientists to attempt [to] “engineer” advertisements into ...
Viewpoint: Why the FDA’s decision to overrule its evaluatory panel and approve dementia-relief drug Aduhelm was a mistake

Viewpoint: Why the FDA’s decision to overrule its evaluatory panel and approve dementia-relief drug Aduhelm was a mistake

Like many people, I was shocked when the Food and Drug Administration ignored the advice of its neurological drugs advisory ...
Viewpoint: What’s the future of individualized medicine when you factor in ‘racial’ and genetic differences?

Viewpoint: What’s the future of individualized medicine when you factor in ‘racial’ and genetic differences?

COVID-19 has put race-based health disparities on full display, but such inequities extend far deeper than the current pandemic. An ...
Does your college require a COVID shot to return this fall? It mostly depends if you are in a red or blue state

Does your college require a COVID shot to return this fall? It mostly depends if you are in a red or blue state

More than 500 colleges and universities plan to require coronavirus vaccination for at least some of their students and employees, ...
Meet the early twentieth century doctor who changed his gender and saved the lives of countless patients

Meet the early twentieth century doctor who changed his gender and saved the lives of countless patients

When [physician Allan Hart, born Alberta] Lucille Hart grew old enough to learn about her father’s death, she would comfort ...
Can you market your genome as a non-fungible token (NFT)?

Can you market your genome as a non-fungible token (NFT)?

In the past few months, [a novel cryptocurrency asset called] non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, have become the hot new investment ...
Study: Quagmire surrounds the use and misuse of race in identifying and preventing health disparities

Study: Quagmire surrounds the use and misuse of race in identifying and preventing health disparities

In the 18th and early 19th centuries, Carl Linnaeus and Johann Blumenbach used “race” to taxonomically classify human types. Linnaeus ...
What do infectious disease experts say about the Wuhan lab leak COVID origins hypothesis?

What do infectious disease experts say about the Wuhan lab leak COVID origins hypothesis?

So what do infectious disease researchers and evolutionary biologists say about [arguments for the Wuhan lab leak COVID hypothesis?]  Is ...
‘Not designer babies’: IVF-based mitochondrial replacement therapy on cusp of Australia legalization despite Catholic opposition

‘Not designer babies’: IVF-based mitochondrial replacement therapy on cusp of Australia legalization despite Catholic opposition

In Australia, about one child a week is born with a severe form of mitochondrial disease. Most young children diagnosed ...
Vaccinate the world against COVID? Why the ambitious multi-billion dollar plan to protect the world’s poor failed

Vaccinate the world against COVID? Why the ambitious multi-billion dollar plan to protect the world’s poor failed

The Covax program, conceived in early 2020 as a kind of Operation Warp Speed for the globe, was supposed to ...
Sperm injections (ICSI) are all the rage at IVF clinics. Should couples trying to conceive consider them?

Sperm injections (ICSI) are all the rage at IVF clinics. Should couples trying to conceive consider them?

An expensive IVF technique, routinely offered in fertility clinics around the world, offers no extra benefits to standard IVF in ...
Why are vaccine passports running into such intense opposition?

Why are vaccine passports running into such intense opposition?

[A]s gyms, theaters, and airplanes also start making new rules, it's still unclear exactly how they'll verify vaccinations or how ...
Viewpoint: Here’s why I dropped out of a COVID vaccine trial midway through

Viewpoint: Here’s why I dropped out of a COVID vaccine trial midway through

I’ve been wrestling with a dilemma the past few weeks: Do I stay in the COVID-19 vaccine trial I’ve been ...
In an unprecedented move hoping to quell criticism, FDA releases documents detailing messy internal debate over Biogen's dementia drug Aduhelm

In an unprecedented move hoping to quell criticism, FDA releases documents detailing messy internal debate over Biogen’s dementia drug Aduhelm

[A] series of documents [were released June 22] by the FDA to explain its decision to use a truncated pathway, ...
Global COVID vaccine supply crunch? Wealthy developed countries snap up two years of supplies, hardening rich-poor divide

Global COVID vaccine supply crunch? Wealthy developed countries snap up two years of supplies, hardening rich-poor divide

The European Union, Canada and other developed countries have signed deals to get hundreds of millions of doses of Covid-19 ...
Viewpoint: Who is behind anti-vax propaganda claiming COVID shots are killing people? Meet disinformation provocateurs Peter McCullough, Mike Adams and RFK, Jr.

Viewpoint: Who is behind anti-vax propaganda claiming COVID shots are killing people? Meet disinformation provocateurs Peter McCullough, Mike Adams and RFK, Jr.

At the extreme end of the antivax hysteria is, as one might expect, Mike Adams at NaturalNews.com proclaiming... VACCINE HOLOCAUST ...
Viewpoint: Debating the debate over the new stem cell research guidelines

Viewpoint: Debating the debate over the new stem cell research guidelines

An organization of scientists is recommending that limitations on several experimental and controversial research procedures – including heritable genome editing, ...
Nearly 500 Trump-voting US counties have less than 25% of their populations vaccinated, opening door to fall COVID revival

Nearly 500 Trump-voting US counties have less than 25% of their populations vaccinated, opening door to fall COVID revival

As much of the country emerges from masking and social distancing, undervaccinated pockets in the U.S. still threaten to bring ...
6 eyewitnesses identified a Texas man as a murderer. It took forensic DNA to prove they were wrong — sparking conversation on how to prevent ‘lineup bias’

6 eyewitnesses identified a Texas man as a murderer. It took forensic DNA to prove they were wrong — sparking conversation on how to prevent ‘lineup bias’

On the strength of six eyewitnesses’ lineup identifications, Lydell Grant was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for the murder ...
‘The New Apartheid’? Conspiracist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr’s latest anti-vaccine film spins real history of medical racism to scare Black Americans into rejecting COVID shots

‘The New Apartheid’? Conspiracist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr’s latest anti-vaccine film spins real history of medical racism to scare Black Americans into rejecting COVID shots

[The film “Medical Racism: The New Apartheid”] is the latest effort by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the founder of Children's ...
While much of the world moves towards mandatory vaccine passports, the US rejects them. Here is a less intrusive alternative that could enhance public safety: CDC vaccination cards

While much of the world moves towards mandatory vaccine passports, the US rejects them. Here is a less intrusive alternative that could enhance public safety: CDC vaccination cards

Rather than waste any more time squabbling over passports, which aren’t going to be created at a national level, let’s ...
GLP Podcast: Hollywood's vaccine-autism nonsense; COVID lab-leak story won't die; Africa ignores Greenpeace on pesticides

GLP Podcast: Hollywood’s vaccine-autism nonsense; COVID lab-leak story won’t die; Africa ignores Greenpeace on pesticides

Many Hollywood celebrities have endorsed the bogus link between vaccines to autism. Looking back, it appears their influence has been ...
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