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Podcast: How ‘fake news’ about avian flu almost sent virologist Ilaria Capua to prison for life

Capua now uses her harrowing experience to educate policymakers and law enforcement about science ...
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‘It’s the Wild West’: Consumer DNA test cracks another cold case. Why are privacy advocates worried?

It was January 1980 when 21-year-old Helene Pruszynski was found raped, bound and stabbed to death in an empty field ...
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900 gene therapy drugs are in the pipeline. How does the FDA want to regulate them?

To date, the FDA has approved four gene therapy products, which insert new genetic material into a patient’s cells. The ...
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Viewpoint: We can’t trust research about the benefits of marijuana if the studies are industry funded

Imagine that scientists charged with doing research on tobacco’s health implications were funded by tobacco companies. (In fact, the tobacco ...
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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop under fire again for ‘exploiting health issues in order to make money’

Gwyneth Paltrow’s contextual commerce company Goop is still making more than a dozen false and misleading health claims about the ...
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This can ‘never ever’ happen again: Cleveland fertility clinic sued over 4,000 lost eggs

Almost two years ago, a freezer malfunction at an Ohio fertility clinic may have destroyed hundreds of patients' chances at ...
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Viewpoint: Coronavirus fears spark claims of ‘bogus remedies’ from alternative medicine peddlers

The news is full of alarming reports about the new coronavirus that originated in China and is spreading throughout the ...
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US life expectancy edges upward as cancer death rate drops

The number of fatal drug overdoses declined for the first time in 28 years, and U.S. life expectancy at birth ticked upward for the ...
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Viewpoint: Booming stem cell market ‘conflates hype with reality’, damaging legitimate research

Stem cells sold at clinics are driving what’s thought to be a $2 billion global industry. Facebook pages announce seminars ...
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Hand sanitizers can’t ‘work miracles’: Purell warned by FDA to cut back on marketing claims

The makers of Purell are pruning their marketing strategy after the Food and Drug Administration slapped the company with a ...
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Can DNA predict who might be a mass murderer?

There have been repeated attempts over the past 50 years to find genetic links to criminal behavior or mass murderers ...
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Can we engineer soldiers to be immune to chemical attacks?

Despite international bans, some countries, such as Syria, use deadly nerve agents against enemy soldiers and civilians. Existing treatments for these ...
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Brain organoids becoming ‘more human’, forcing researchers to grapple with ethical concerns

Though no bigger than a pea, organoids hold enormous promise for improving our understanding of the brain: They can replicate ...
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GLP’s Global Gene Editing Regulation Tracker and Index: Will politicians embrace innovation or fear?

We hope this gene editing regulation tracker and index will encourage science-based scrutiny and advocacy ...
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If you face a life-or-death medical crisis, can you trust artificial intelligence (AI) to make the best decision?

Deep learning will radically change aspects of our medical care. How well do we need to understand how AI tools ...
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Turning old drugs—for things like diabetes and alcoholism—into new cancer treatments

Drugs originally developed to treat diseases ranging from diabetes to alcoholism may have applications in cancer treatment, according to a ...
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Reconsidering LSD and other psychedelic drugs for treating depression and anxiety

There is a movement underway to reconsider how LSD and other psychedelic drugs are regulated. If restrictions were loosened, these ...
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A video game for ADHD? We’re still waiting to see what the FDA thinks

In mid-2018, the startup Akili Interactive Labs asked the Food and Drug Administration to let it do something that’s never ...
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Viewpoint: Prohibiting treatment of transgender teens ignores reality of gender dysphoria

New study delves into the genetics of individuals with gender dysphoria ...
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‘Simpler, cheaper’ alternative to IVF promised by controversial embryo research

Researchers have conducted a controversial study that involved paying dozens of young women at a hospital near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, ...
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Artificial wombs could create seismic shift in the debate over abortion, reproductive rights

The ability to develop a fetus outside the mother's body could be here within decades. That means society will face ...
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Growing tiny brains for research: Should we ‘frantically panic’ that something might go awry?

As mini-brains become more advanced, some researchers are worried they'll develop consciousness ...
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Gene therapy era: A look at current treatments and what’s next for cancers and genetic disorders

At least nine gene therapies have been approved for certain kinds of cancer, some viral infections and a few inherited ...
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We have the power to wipe out mosquitoes and malaria—but is that a good idea?

Gene drives have yet to be tested outside the lab, and even the most developed project to date — the ...
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Psychedelics have ‘extraordinarily potent’ anti-inflammatory power. Is there a place for them in mainstream medicine?

Research on psychedelics, which have been profoundly stigmatized, highly restricted, and tragically undeveloped for more than half a century, is ...
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Viewpoint: Pricey gene therapies fuel debate over drug prices—and why there is no easy fix

By scrapping value added and sales taxes, we can cut down on drug pricing by up to 25% ...
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Fetal tissue research restrictions disrupting studies into major diseases, including AIDS, Down syndrome, diabetes

A recent Trump administration decision to limit funding of research that uses fetal tissue is already disrupting research into major ...
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Some patients in vegetative states have functioning minds. Keeping them alive may amount to ‘torture’

[Researchers] have convincingly demonstrated that a subset of individuals in persistent vegetative states have meaningfully functioning minds — even as ...