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 ...
Latin America can’t let its COVID crisis go to waste – it needs a structural overhaul

Latin America can’t let its COVID crisis go to waste – it needs a structural overhaul

The pandemic has highlighted two long-standing structural weaknesses in Latin America. The first is pervasive and chronic shortcomings in state ...
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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 ...
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