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Black biologist Charles Henry Turner’s groundbreaking research on animal cognition remains largely unacknowledged

A new Perspectives essay published in Science describes the contributions of biologist Charles H. Turner (1867-1923), an American zoologist whose “early discoveries ...
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How should we prioritize a COVID vaccine for communities that have been hit hardest?

Frontline health workers, elderly people, and those with chronic conditions that make them especially vulnerable to Covid-19 are likely to ...
Pressure builds to switch to ‘open science’ model, facilitating development of COVID vaccines and therapeutics

Pressure builds to switch to ‘open science’ model, facilitating development of COVID vaccines and therapeutics

In October, the head of the [World Health Organization], Tedros Ghebreyesus Adhanom, alongside human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, and Audrey ...
Scourge of pay-for-play predatory journals: American Journal of Biomedical Science & Research publishes Pokémon satire on COVID with Bruce Wayne quote from Gotham Forensics Quarterly

Scourge of pay-for-play predatory journals: American Journal of Biomedical Science & Research publishes Pokémon satire on COVID with Bruce Wayne quote from Gotham Forensics Quarterly

[My] paper, “Cyllage City COVID-19 outbreak linked to Zubat consumption,” blames a fictional creature for an outbreak in a fictional ...
Do AI robots have a ‘right to life’?

Do AI robots have a ‘right to life’?

In the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode “The Measure of a Man,” Data, an android crew member of the Enterprise, is to ...
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CRISPR gene editing to correct harmful mutations could in rare cases wreak havoc on our chromosomes, study claims

[L]arge-scale damage was found in a study that analyzed human embryos that had been edited with CRISPR-Cas9. The study, from ...
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A question of accountability: How can we prevent the release of potentially harmful human-created organisms?

When it comes to risk from synthetic biology applications, one source of concern is the community of DIY biologists and ...
Competitive surge in nationalism is shaping the race to develop COVID vaccines

Competitive surge in nationalism is shaping the race to develop COVID vaccines

From the latex oozing naturally from the rubber trees in places like Vietnam, Malaysia and Liberia to vaccine ingredients made ...
Viewpoint: Calling Great Barrington Declaration endorsers 'COVID deniers' itself denies there are better strategies than lockdowns to contain the pandemic

Viewpoint: Calling Great Barrington Declaration endorsers ‘COVID deniers’ itself denies there are better strategies than lockdowns to contain the pandemic

We may not know for quite a while whether the three academics who wrote the Great Barrington Declaration are right or ...
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When should politicians take guidance from scientists?

Why should politicians listen to scientists? Are scientists always right? What happens when scientists disagree among themselves? In an ideal ...
Why are Black Americans suspicious of COVID vaccines?

Why are Black Americans suspicious of COVID vaccines?

Although the first two large clinical trials of [COVID-19] candidate vaccines have managed to include about 3,000 Black participants each, ...
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Genome editing is a transformative but still erratic technology in health and agriculture

Genome editing has a transformative potential in healthcare or to improve crops or livestock. However, the use of Cas9 or ...
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With studies showing questionable efficacy, why did Gilead’s remdesivir become the first FDA-approved COVID treatment?

On 8 October, [Gilead] inked an agreement to supply the European Union with its drug remdesivir as a treatment for ...
On the heels of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine announcement, Russia says their Sputnik V shot is 92% effective

On the heels of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine announcement, Russia says their Sputnik V shot is 92% effective

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim trial results, the country’s sovereign ...
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Viewpoint: This is no time to cut corners on regulation of COVID-19 vaccines

With COVID-19 cases, the percentage of positive test results, and hospitalizations reaching record levels in much of the nation, the ...
From Mike Adams to Alex Jones to Joe Mercola, here are the most notorious COVID hucksters

From Mike Adams to Alex Jones to Joe Mercola, here are the most notorious COVID hucksters

[H]ere is my growing list of COVID-19 snake oil promoters. You may not know more of Alex Jones than his ...
People's vaccine? Will the wealthiest countries control coronavirus drugs?

People’s vaccine? Will the wealthiest countries control coronavirus drugs?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson characterized Britain’s exit from the European Union as “recaptured sovereignty.” These invocations of sovereign power reflect ...
Will cruise ships be found liable for passengers testing COVID positive during or after a cruise?

Will cruise ships be found liable for passengers testing COVID positive during or after a cruise?

Dozens of suits have now been brought against cruise lines… The industry is responding by defending their sterilization and cleaning ...
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Can lab-grown brains become conscious?

In August 2019, [biologist Alysson] Muotri’s group published a paper in Cell Stem Cell reporting the creation of human brain ...
Viewpoint: ‘Untold human death and suffering’: What could be the impact of the Trump administration plan to reach herd immunity

Viewpoint: ‘Untold human death and suffering’: What could be the impact of the Trump administration plan to reach herd immunity

“Surrendering to the virus” is not a defensible plan, says Kristian Andersen, an immunologist at the Scripps Research Institute in ...
What you should and shouldn’t worry about in the small print when a COVID vaccine is approved

What you should and shouldn’t worry about in the small print when a COVID vaccine is approved

Over the next few months, the companies behind the leading [COVID] vaccine candidates will start releasing the first data from ...
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Viewpoint: Europe’s ‘nonsensical regulatory system’ blocks GMO seeds but circumvents biotech ban to exempt gene-edited COVID vaccines

As consumers, we all want to be reassured that the products we purchase are safe for us to use and ...
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Conspiracy promoter Mike ‘Health Ranger’ Adams built online disinformation Natural News online empire that subverts science, report finds

Alternative health guru and conspiracy theorist Mike Adams, founder of the popular website Natural News, has been identified as the ...
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Right to protection against infection? Do masks and stay-at-home orders violate the Constitution? Check out the Third Amendment

[P]rotesters have resisted [COVID] safety measures under the belief that they violate constitutionally guaranteed liberties… But a profound historical counter-vision ...
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Can the CDC recover its credibility in the midst of its COVID debacle?

White House advisers have made line-by-line edits to official health guidance, altering language written by CDC scientists on church choirs, ...
Long-time pharma rivals unite to fight a common enemy: COVID-19

Long-time pharma rivals unite to fight a common enemy: COVID-19

In the age of Covid-19, old adversaries are uniting around a common enemy: the new coronavirus. Their nascent partnership is ...
Video: Fire Fauci? Trump suggests he will take ‘advice’ of chanting supporters and dismiss America’s infectious disease expert ‘after the election’

Video: Fire Fauci? Trump suggests he will take ‘advice’ of chanting supporters and dismiss America’s infectious disease expert ‘after the election’

Speaking at a campaign rally in Opa-locka, Florida, Trump expressed frustration that the surging cases of the virus that has killed ...
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Next Congress might steer course of CRISPR revolution by setting ethical limits on gene editing of human sperm and eggs

[W]hat if geneticists could sidestep the [human embryo genome editing] controversy by editing sperm and eggs instead? According to a ...
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