April Florida Keys release of GMO mosquitoes engineered to curtail Zika, dengue and malaria on track despite protests

April Florida Keys release of GMO mosquitoes engineered to curtail Zika, dengue and malaria on track despite protests

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District [recently announced] a wide and vague planned range of deployment for the lab-designed mosquitoes ...
Vaccine clinical research trials skewed towards White Americans, marginalizing minorities, study finds

Vaccine clinical research trials skewed towards White Americans, marginalizing minorities, study finds

An analysis of the demographics of a decade’s worth of vaccine clinical trials has found that Black Americans, Latinos, American ...
Mississippi bans transgender athletes from competing on women's sports teams

Mississippi bans transgender athletes from competing on women’s sports teams

[March 11, Mississippi Republican Governor Tate Reeves signed a bill] to ban transgender athletes from competing on girls or women’s ...
‘You can’t be in Tuskegee and not have the syphilis study in the back of your mind’: Understanding Black COVID vaccine hesitancy

‘You can’t be in Tuskegee and not have the syphilis study in the back of your mind’: Understanding Black COVID vaccine hesitancy

Beginning in the 1930s, federal officials enrolled hundreds of Black men in Tuskegee in an experiment to examine the effects ...
Vaccine passports: A threat to our freedom or a grudgingly acceptable health precaution?

Vaccine passports: A threat to our freedom or a grudgingly acceptable health precaution?

The U.S., U.K. and European Union are among those considering whether to introduce a digital passport that will allow citizens ...
Viewpoint: 20 years into the human genome revolution, how can we make genomics more accessible and transparent?

Viewpoint: 20 years into the human genome revolution, how can we make genomics more accessible and transparent?

[20 years after the Human Genome Project,] many of the ethical, legal and social implications of genome research — including ...
Meet black footed ferret Elizabeth Ann, the first cloned endangered species in North America

Meet black footed ferret Elizabeth Ann, the first cloned endangered species in North America

Elizabeth Ann had just turned 21 days old — surely a milestone for any ferret but a particularly meaningful one ...
Scientists challenge China-WHO story of COVID emergence

Scientists challenge China-WHO story of COVID emergence

The controversy over the investigation organized by the World Health Organization and China about the origins of Covid-19 heated up ...
Vaccine passports: While US holds back for now, China and Europe embrace ‘digital green pass’

Vaccine passports: While US holds back for now, China and Europe embrace ‘digital green pass’

Many international travelers will likely need to prove they are vaccinated or free of Covid-19 if they plan trips later ...
Viewpoint: What should we do when Artificial Intelligence crosses ethical lines?

Viewpoint: What should we do when Artificial Intelligence crosses ethical lines?

A few years ago, a number of A.I.-research organizations began to develop systems for addressing ethical impact, [including] the Association ...
20 years after the Human Genome Project: Efforts are underway to capture human genetic diversity and catalog missing DNA

20 years after the Human Genome Project: Efforts are underway to capture human genetic diversity and catalog missing DNA

The Human Genome Project — which built the blueprint, called the human reference genome — has changed the way medical ...
Behind the scenes of America’s troubled COVID vaccine rollout

Behind the scenes of America’s troubled COVID vaccine rollout

[W]hy is it taking so long to vaccinate Americans? The answer starts with tens of millions of Covid-19 vaccine doses ...
The Human Genome Project and the field of genetics have a diversity problem

The Human Genome Project and the field of genetics have a diversity problem

The Human Genome Project was an international, collaborative research program whose goal was the complete mapping and understanding of all ...
What CRISPR can do for the world

What CRISPR can do for the world

What might CRISPR do to the diversity of our species? If we are no longer subject to a natural lottery ...
How structural racism undermines independent science research and hurts racial and ethnic minorities

How structural racism undermines independent science research and hurts racial and ethnic minorities

It is critical to acknowledge the societal structures - the groundwater, as it is called in "The Groundwater Approach: Building ...
Viewpoint: Why assisted reproduction needs to be more comprehensively regulated

Viewpoint: Why assisted reproduction needs to be more comprehensively regulated

The United States fertility market is growing very rapidly, and is projected to reach $15.4 billion in 2023, more than ...
Evoking Jeff Goldblum’s ‘The Fly’: Does growing human ‘brains-in-a-dish’ and creating chimeras cross a bioethical line?

Evoking Jeff Goldblum’s ‘The Fly’: Does growing human ‘brains-in-a-dish’ and creating chimeras cross a bioethical line?

Bits of human brain growing in a lab dish can reveal a great deal about how a disease begins and ...
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The potential downside of genetic health screenings

The potential downside of genetic health screenings

Doctors are increasingly testing people’s genes for signs of hereditary risks for cancer, said Dr. Allison Kurian, a medical oncologist ...
Did closing schools cost lives?

Did closing schools cost lives?

Killing people? Because of several months of Zoom school? How could that be?  Well, there is a well-documented association between ...
Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing quickly decimated two caged populations of malaria-bearing mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) in a recent study, introducing a new ...
Viewpoint: It’s time to extend the limit on human embryo research from 14 to 28 days

Viewpoint: It’s time to extend the limit on human embryo research from 14 to 28 days

[The 14-day limit for human embryo research was originally] chosen because it’s only after this stage that the central nervous ...
Viewpoint: Wishful worries? Fears about the transhumanist, human-enhancement movement are overblown

Viewpoint: Wishful worries? Fears about the transhumanist, human-enhancement movement are overblown

[A] problem arises when pundits concerned about possible social and ethical downsides of a technology exaggerate its technical feasibility. This ...
Viewpoint: Why we need to require COVID vaccines in high-risk settings such as nursing homes and prisons

Viewpoint: Why we need to require COVID vaccines in high-risk settings such as nursing homes and prisons

In long-term care facilities, residents are usually very elderly, and many of them have medical conditions that put them at ...
Viewpoint: Female, younger, better-educated and affluent - How ‘alternative medicine’ has taken America by storm and endangered lives

Viewpoint: Female, younger, better-educated and affluent – How ‘alternative medicine’ has taken America by storm and endangered lives

I am a skeptic and a curmudgeon, so I was surprised when a friend of 30 years asked if she ...
‘Good first step’: Teachers union tepidly endorses CDC roadmap to open schools without requiring teacher vaccinations

‘Good first step’: Teachers union tepidly endorses CDC roadmap to open schools without requiring teacher vaccinations

Calling the CDC’s proposals [to reopen US schools] “an informed, tactile plan,” [American Federation of Teachers president Randi] Weingarten said ...
Acid redux: Here’s how psychedelics are shaping the next generation of antidepressants

Acid redux: Here’s how psychedelics are shaping the next generation of antidepressants

As of 2018, nearly one in eight Americans use antidepressants. Unfortunately, more than a third of patients are resistant to ...
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