Should I wear a mask? More than one year into the pandemic, science provides updated advice

Should I wear a mask? More than one year into the pandemic, science provides updated advice

The evidence is clear that masks cut down on COVID-19 deaths, but nearly a year and a half into the ...
After a fertility clinic freezer filled with 3,500 frozen eggs and embryos malfunctioned, many families lost their only chance at having kids. A jury just awarded them $15 million in damages

After a fertility clinic freezer filled with 3,500 frozen eggs and embryos malfunctioned, many families lost their only chance at having kids. A jury just awarded them $15 million in damages

[In March 2018, a] tank storing frozen human embryos and eggs at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco had failed, ...
Top China virologist who conducts risky experiments in Wuhan with bat coronaviruses rejects lab leak theory

Top China virologist who conducts risky experiments in Wuhan with bat coronaviruses rejects lab leak theory

Shi Zhengli, a top Chinese virologist, is once again at the center of clashing narratives about her research on coronaviruses ...
Humanized pigs: How scientists bioengineered swine with human immune systems to accelerate research on viruses, vaccines, cancer and stem cell therapeutics

Humanized pigs: How scientists bioengineered swine with human immune systems to accelerate research on viruses, vaccines, cancer and stem cell therapeutics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires all new medicines to be tested in animals before use in people. Pigs make ...
The pandemic has roiled international surrogacy. What’s an ethical path going forward?

The pandemic has roiled international surrogacy. What’s an ethical path going forward?

[T]he pandemic has created new challenges to engaging in international surrogacy ethically due to changes in how healthcare is administered, ...
Video: China boasted about its bat cave virus research — before denying its existence. Here’s the government’s propaganda short issued in December, weeks before the outbreak became public

Video: China boasted about its bat cave virus research — before denying its existence. Here’s the government’s propaganda short issued in December, weeks before the outbreak became public

In [a video released by the Chinese government,] researchers scale [a] cavern wall, their headlamps ghostly blue. “If our skin ...
'It does not violate the Nuremberg Code': Judge throws out suit by Houston medical workers protesting mandated COVID vaccines

‘It does not violate the Nuremberg Code’: Judge throws out suit by Houston medical workers protesting mandated COVID vaccines

A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit from more than 100 hospital employees who sued Houston Methodist over its policy ...
Viewpoint: 'Magic promised by genetically pruning ‘defective’ embryos has fairy-dusted the eyes of even the most intelligent’ — Maybe it’s time to hit the pause button

Viewpoint: ‘Magic promised by genetically pruning ‘defective’ embryos has fairy-dusted the eyes of even the most intelligent’ — Maybe it’s time to hit the pause button

Advances in genetics have been revolutionized in the last few years. First came CRISPR, which can edit single genes, possibly ...
Viewpoint: Why loosening rules on human embryo use in stem cell research was a good move

Viewpoint: Why loosening rules on human embryo use in stem cell research was a good move

Most scientists want clear boundaries delineating which experiments [on human embryos] are acceptable, both legally and to society. And the ...
‘They can put a key on their forehead. It sticks’: Ohio GOP embraces crackpot doctor’s view that COVID vaccines magnetize people and interface with 5G towers

‘They can put a key on their forehead. It sticks’: Ohio GOP embraces crackpot doctor’s view that COVID vaccines magnetize people and interface with 5G towers

[Cleveland-based doctor Sherri Tennpenny, an] anti-vaccination advocate known for spreading unfounded claims falsely told legislators that [COVID shots] could leave ...
Organ transplantation: Challenging ethical questions on race, economics, and the meaning of life

Organ transplantation: Challenging ethical questions on race, economics, and the meaning of life

At an international conference on kidney transplantation in 1963, a disagreement broke out about exactly when a patient should be considered ...
‘This was the first time nobody voted for approval of a drug’: Neurologist on FDA panel that negatively evaluated controversial Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab resigns after agency pushes through approval

‘This was the first time nobody voted for approval of a drug’: Neurologist on FDA panel that negatively evaluated controversial Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab resigns after agency pushes through approval

Neurologist Joel Perlmutter of Washington University in St. Louis, a member of the FDA’s expert panel for nervous system therapies, ...
Viewpoint: Patenting human embryo gene editing? Two rival universities push the ethical and legal debate

Viewpoint: Patenting human embryo gene editing? Two rival universities push the ethical and legal debate

Two prominent groups of scientists, and two major American universities, are trying to patent methods for editing human embryos, with ...
Viewpoint: How right wingers are pumping up the Wuhan lab leak theory — and why it’s still an unlikely explanation for COVID

Viewpoint: How right wingers are pumping up the Wuhan lab leak theory — and why it’s still an unlikely explanation for COVID

Even as far back as February 2020, I noted that antivaxxer James Lyons-Weiler was falsely claiming that he had “broken ...
Top US scientists concluded last spring that the Wuhan COVID lab leak theory is plausible and should be investigated, leaked classified documents show

Top US scientists concluded last spring that the Wuhan COVID lab leak theory is plausible and should be investigated, leaked classified documents show

A report on the origins of Covid-19 by a U.S. government national laboratory concluded that the hypothesis claiming the virus ...
Infographic: From the Spanish flu to COVID — How long has it taken to develop vaccines?

Infographic: From the Spanish flu to COVID — How long has it taken to develop vaccines?

In the graphic [below], we explore how long it has historically taken to bring a vaccine to market during pandemics ...
Most grade schools require all students to show proof of diphtheria, tetanus, MMR and other vaccines. Will they mandate COVID shots as well?

Most grade schools require all students to show proof of diphtheria, tetanus, MMR and other vaccines. Will they mandate COVID shots as well?

Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for use in children as young as 12 by the U.S. Food and ...
FDA approves first Alzheimer’s drug in nearly 20 years — but some experts say there’s not enough evidence it actually works

FDA approves first Alzheimer’s drug in nearly 20 years — but some experts say there’s not enough evidence it actually works

[On June 7, the FDA approved Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab,] the first drug cleared that is designed to alter the course ...
Viewpoint: Why the Wuhan lab escape theory explaining the origin of the global pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon

Viewpoint: Why the Wuhan lab escape theory explaining the origin of the global pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives the world over for more than a year. Its death toll will soon reach ...
Viewpoint: ‘Potent political weapon’ – The early and wholesale rejection of lab-leak COVID origin theory is now fully politicized

Viewpoint: ‘Potent political weapon’ – The early and wholesale rejection of lab-leak COVID origin theory is now fully politicized

Democrats and public-health experts have asked: What should we do? Former President Donald Trump, for his part, minimized the need ...
Europe offers alternative to US-backed proposal to waive COVID vaccine property rights, saying its plan would spur innovation and help developing countries

Europe offers alternative to US-backed proposal to waive COVID vaccine property rights, saying its plan would spur innovation and help developing countries

The European Union is pushing back hard against U.S.-backed calls to temporarily waive intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines, preparing ...
Viewpoint: Suspending COVID vaccine patents will not solve the supply problem or hasten the end of the pandemic

Viewpoint: Suspending COVID vaccine patents will not solve the supply problem or hasten the end of the pandemic

In a recent Washington Post column, Fareed Zakaria wrote: The United States is entering a post-pandemic era. This is happening primarily ...
From Trumpian conspiracy theory to credible scenario: Here’s the Wuhan lab-leak theory timeline

From Trumpian conspiracy theory to credible scenario: Here’s the Wuhan lab-leak theory timeline

[I]n recent months the idea that [SARS-CoV-2] emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) — once dismissed as a ...
Infographic: COVID myths — Which are most pervasive, and who is most likely to believe them?

Infographic: COVID myths — Which are most pervasive, and who is most likely to believe them?

Big myths about COVID vaccines are showing real staying power among Americans who are not vaccinated. They are not the ...
Will your college mandate vaccines this fall? It depends — mostly — on whether Democrats or Republicans control your state

Will your college mandate vaccines this fall? It depends — mostly — on whether Democrats or Republicans control your state

In a divided nation, college vaccine mandates are mostly following familiar fault lines. As of [May 22] only 34 — ...
‘We don’t want to be human guinea pigs': Vaccine-rejecting medical workers sue, invoking Nuremberg Code designed to prevent experimentation on human subjects

‘We don’t want to be human guinea pigs’: Vaccine-rejecting medical workers sue, invoking Nuremberg Code designed to prevent experimentation on human subjects

A group of 117 unvaccinated staffers from Houston Methodist Hospital filed a lawsuit [May 28] seeking to avoid the hospital’s ...
‘Post-coronavirus trauma’: Why a growing group of ‘perma-maskers’ say they won’t forgo face coverings anytime soon

‘Post-coronavirus trauma’: Why a growing group of ‘perma-maskers’ say they won’t forgo face coverings anytime soon

Last year, protesters staged rallies against official requirements to wear masks, built pyres to burn them in protest and touched ...
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