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All leading COVID vaccines so far require two shots, making it even more challenging to contain the pandemic

As the nation gears up to vaccinate tens of millions of Americans against the novel coronavirus, public health officials… are ...
Epidemiologist who guided Sweden’s ‘no lockdown’ policy sidelined after surge overwhelms the country

Epidemiologist who guided Sweden’s ‘no lockdown’ policy sidelined after surge overwhelms the country

The high-profile epidemiologist who led Sweden's no lock-down strategy in the spring appears to be being sidelined by the government ...
Life without humans: What’s the ‘voluntary extinction movement’?

Life without humans: What’s the ‘voluntary extinction movement’?

Euthanasia is usually viewed as a personal experience. But there are movements and philosophers who believe that it would be ...
Cosmetics poised to be reformulated with lower toxic chemicals in the wake of new California law

Cosmetics poised to be reformulated with lower toxic chemicals in the wake of new California law

[A California ban of toxic chemicals in cosmetics], signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom at the end of September, covers 24 ...
Viewpoint: How Trump and Steve Bannon aided by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and Lou Dobbs promoted the ‘China created COVID in a lab’ conspiracy myth

Viewpoint: How Trump and Steve Bannon aided by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and Lou Dobbs promoted the ‘China created COVID in a lab’ conspiracy myth

[Chinese researcher Dr. Li-Meng Yan] appeared in the United States on Fox News making the unsubstantiated claim to millions that ...
Vaccine diplomacy: China poised to introduce first COVID shots to Latin America, increasing its regional influence

Vaccine diplomacy: China poised to introduce first COVID shots to Latin America, increasing its regional influence

China is actively making “deals to try to get the vaccine deployed and employed” around the globe to stop the ...
Level the playing field: Genetics makes us not only different but unequal. CRISPR could change that. Should we do it?

Level the playing field: Genetics makes us not only different but unequal. CRISPR could change that. Should we do it?

Over the past decade, economists, sociologists and psychologists have begun collaborating with geneticists to investigate how genomic differences among human ...
Sweden imposes mandatory COVID restrictions, ending its ‘voluntary’ distancing experiment

Sweden imposes mandatory COVID restrictions, ending its ‘voluntary’ distancing experiment

Like other Europeans, Swedes are now heading into the winter facing restrictions ranging from a ban on large gatherings to ...
Conservative media touts Danish study raising doubts about mask effectiveness. Health experts say that’s dangerous

Conservative media touts Danish study raising doubts about mask effectiveness. Health experts say that’s dangerous

In [a] large, randomized study published [November 18] in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers observed more than 6,000 people in Denmark ...
Many Americans have ‘Native American DNA’. What does that mean?

Many Americans have ‘Native American DNA’. What does that mean?

Whether or not you have “Native American DNA,” it’s important to understand what it means — and doesn’t mean — ...
Psychedelics are gaining gradual acceptance by mainstream medicine

Psychedelics are gaining gradual acceptance by mainstream medicine

Interest in psychedelic healing on the whole shot up in the last few decades, but a combined cultural stigma and ...
Government-issued proof-of-vaccination cards are on the way

Government-issued proof-of-vaccination cards are on the way

Vaccination cards will be used as the "simplest" way to keep track of Covid-19 shots, said Dr. Kelly Moore, associate ...
Viewpoint: Chinese scientists push unsupported claim that COVID originated in India

Viewpoint: Chinese scientists push unsupported claim that COVID originated in India

[A] recent preprint by Chinese scientists Libing Shen, Funan He and Zhao Zhang titled ‘The early cryptic transmission and evolution of ...
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Infographic: How AI facial-recognition research can be misused to target minorities

[A] study, published in 2018, had trained algorithms to distinguish faces of Uyghur people, a predominantly Muslim minority ethnic group ...
Emergency use authorizations for COVID vaccines seem like a no brainer, but they potentially pose real threats. Here’s why

Emergency use authorizations for COVID vaccines seem like a no brainer, but they potentially pose real threats. Here’s why

The FDA can grant an [emergency use authorization, or EUA] to a drug to treat COVID-19 to facilitate the distribution ...
Back of the line? Poorer countries pressing WHO to free COVID-19 vaccines from patent protection

Back of the line? Poorer countries pressing WHO to free COVID-19 vaccines from patent protection

The pandemic requires a temporary suspension of the world’s usual intellectual property system, [a group of developing countries led by ...
‘Zoom boom’: Why is Asia the only part of the world weathering the economic fallout from COVID?

‘Zoom boom’: Why is Asia the only part of the world weathering the economic fallout from COVID?

China remains on track to grow nearly 2% this year, the most of any major economy, while the world is expected to ...
Airlines moving towards required pre-flight COVID testing to boost traveling

Airlines moving towards required pre-flight COVID testing to boost traveling

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to caution that even with masks, social distancing and other measures, travel ...
Viewpoint: If you care about science and the well-being of our children, don’t close schools

Viewpoint: If you care about science and the well-being of our children, don’t close schools

We should not be going to public events. We should not be eating indoors at restaurants. We should not be ...
Planet of the Apes redux? Human brain gene inserted into monkey fetuses enlarged their brains, raising ethical concerns

Planet of the Apes redux? Human brain gene inserted into monkey fetuses enlarged their brains, raising ethical concerns

Researchers from Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Germany and Japan’s Central Institute for Experimental ...
Lockdown has spurred more women to freeze their eggs, but success rates are vanishingly low

Lockdown has spurred more women to freeze their eggs, but success rates are vanishingly low

[Egg freezing] is currently the fastest growing fertility treatment, but experts worry that the majority go into the process not ...
No country has yet approved human embryo gene editing

No country has yet approved human embryo gene editing

[F]our researchers reviewed policy documents from 106 countries to map out the policy landscape regarding human germline and heritable genome ...
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Although Taiwan is one of the few countries to control COVID, WHO assembly will not allow it to explain how

Fiercely democratic Taiwan, which China claims as its own, has been angered by its inability to fully access the WHO, ...
Viewpoint: Politics and science in Europe: How the development of COVID-19 vaccines highlights ideological inconsistency and hypocrisy

Viewpoint: Politics and science in Europe: How the development of COVID-19 vaccines highlights ideological inconsistency and hypocrisy

The announcement that Astra-Zeneca, a British-Swedish biopharmaceutical company, had developed the third coronavirus vaccine to show promise in Phase III ...
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Bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel makes his case for why he wants to die at 75

By the time I reach 75, I will have lived a complete life. I will have loved and been loved ...
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Viewpoint: Transgender rights and sports: Should trans women be permitted to compete in female-only sports?

[I]n 1972, Congress enacted Title IX, a law that prohibits sex discrimination by schools that receive federal money. That led ...
Statistics’ dark past? History of eugenics still haunts American universities

Statistics’ dark past? History of eugenics still haunts American universities

[University College London] was an epicenter of the early 20th-century eugenics movement—a precursor to Nazi “racial hygiene” programs—due to its ...
In a politically divided America, here's how the biotechnology sector sees its future

In a politically divided America, here’s how the biotechnology sector sees its future

[W]hat does Joe Biden’s presidency mean for biopharma? Part of that question will rest on whether Democrats can pull of ...
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