Russia aims to beat the West in so-far successful effort to rollout an effective COVID vaccine

Russia aims to beat the West in so-far successful effort to rollout an effective COVID vaccine

At the time of Sputnik V’s approval, Moderna and Pfizer were months away from announcing the results of their Phase ...
Viewpoint on sex and gender: Has the New England Journal abandoned science for woke political correctness?

Viewpoint on sex and gender: Has the New England Journal abandoned science for woke political correctness?

Two years ago, “Titania McGrath,” whose satirical Twitter account regularly skewers the ideological excesses of social-justice culture, suggested that “we should remove biological ...
Psychedelics are revolutionizing psychiatry. Here's what we can expect

Psychedelics are revolutionizing psychiatry. Here’s what we can expect

Once dismissed as the dangerous dalliances of the counterculture, [psychedelic drugs] are gaining mainstream acceptance. Several states and cities in ...
Viewpoint: How might the Biden Administration regulate heritable human gene editing?

Viewpoint: How might the Biden Administration regulate heritable human gene editing?

The new Biden-Harris Administration faces a number of harrowing challenges in which science and technology policies will be critical. Along ...
Eugenics? As embryo screening opens-wide the door to manipulate human traits, notions of normalcy and deviancy, fitness and disability, are changing

Eugenics? As embryo screening opens-wide the door to manipulate human traits, notions of normalcy and deviancy, fitness and disability, are changing

With the dramatic expansion of new blood tests, many more pregnant mothers are testing their fetuses for 'defects' such as ...
Viewpoint: Biden Administration should push back against ‘troubling innovations in bioweapons research’

Viewpoint: Biden Administration should push back against ‘troubling innovations in bioweapons research’

Genetically engineered bioweapons are not a fictional or far-fetched notion. Many countries around the world, including the United States, have ...
Viewpoint: The Holocaust throws a long shadow over human gene editing research

Viewpoint: The Holocaust throws a long shadow over human gene editing research

The scientific racism and eugenic delusions that led to the Holocaust are widely eschewed by members of human genetics and ...
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Viewpoint: The unreported dark side of James Watson’s DNA structure discovery

For the past several years, I have taught a seminar called The Literature of Science to a dozen or so honors ...
Viewpoint: Reducing the number of Down syndrome births is a form of eugenics

Viewpoint: Reducing the number of Down syndrome births is a form of eugenics

No one should underestimate the complexity and difficulty of deciding whether to test for Down syndrome or terminate a pregnancy ...
Politics, science and the coronavirus under the Trump Administration: Fauci outlines pattern of censorship and interference

Politics, science and the coronavirus under the Trump Administration: Fauci outlines pattern of censorship and interference

[Infectious disease expert Anthony] Fauci recounted on “The Rachel Maddow Show” on [January 22] that officials under former President Trump ...
AI is reengineering what it means to be ‘human’

AI is reengineering what it means to be ‘human’

We have come together to fight Covid-19 and AI was a key enabler to bring to market vaccines, in unprecedented ...
African countries appear ill prepared for crash vaccine distribution effort

African countries appear ill prepared for crash vaccine distribution effort

According to [a World Health Organization] analysis, based on countries’ self-reporting, the African region has an average score of 33 ...
How AI is turning the world of copyright protection upside down

How AI is turning the world of copyright protection upside down

In 2016 a short novel written by a Japanese AI reached the second round of a national literary prize and ...
Gattaca or life-saving? Can we—should we—use CRISPR to edit human embryos, sperm or eggs to cure diseases?

Gattaca or life-saving? Can we—should we—use CRISPR to edit human embryos, sperm or eggs to cure diseases?

The startling announcement by He Jiankui [two years] ago that he had created the first genetically modified human beings unleashed a ...
How DNA and genetic genealogy helped catch one of the world’s most notorious murderers, the Golden State Killer

How DNA and genetic genealogy helped catch one of the world’s most notorious murderers, the Golden State Killer

The dramatic arrest in 2018 of Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. was all the more astounding because of how detectives said ...
Most religious leaders at the head of the anti-abortion movement are backing COVID vaccines

Most religious leaders at the head of the anti-abortion movement are backing COVID vaccines

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which says fighting abortion is its “preeminent” priority, said last month that getting vaccinated ...
Viewpoint: Why Francis Collins is a bad choice to head the NIH

Viewpoint: Why Francis Collins is a bad choice to head the NIH

[I]n his eight years in charge of federal efforts to understand, diagnose and cure disease, current NIH Director Francis Collins ...
Why Black Americans are among the largest group of COVID vaccine skeptics

Why Black Americans are among the largest group of COVID vaccine skeptics

[A]cross the U.S., only 32% of Black adults say they would definitely or probably take a COVID-19 vaccine, according to ...
$850,000 in Trump Administration PPP loans went to anti-vaccine activist groups

$850,000 in Trump Administration PPP loans went to anti-vaccine activist groups

Five prominent anti-vaccine organizations that have been known to spread misleading information about the coronavirus received more than $850,000 in loans from ...
Will gene editing human embryos ever be safe?

Will gene editing human embryos ever be safe?

Debates continue about whether the societal risks of heritable genome editing are too great to proceed, as do calls for ...
100+ countries have outlined legal restrictions on editing human embryos. Here’s a guide

100+ countries have outlined legal restrictions on editing human embryos. Here’s a guide

Discussions and debates about the governance of human germline and heritable genome editing should be informed by a clear and ...
‘Year of the Plague’: The New Yorker explores America’s continuing tragedy

‘Year of the Plague’: The New Yorker explores America’s continuing tragedy

In October, 2019, the first Global Health Security Index appeared, a sober report of a world largely unprepared to deal ...
Global health groups urge countries to donate COVID vaccines to humanitarian stockpiles, protecting stateless people in asylum camps

Global health groups urge countries to donate COVID vaccines to humanitarian stockpiles, protecting stateless people in asylum camps

Public health groups are lobbying countries to commit a portion of their Covid-19 vaccine supplies to a “humanitarian buffer” that ...
Viewpoint: Europe’s double standard—politicians celebrate genetically engineered COVID vaccines, but prohibit use of GM crops

Viewpoint: Europe’s double standard—politicians celebrate genetically engineered COVID vaccines, but prohibit use of GM crops

“These are fantastic results,” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson enthused, as politicians across Europe queued up to praise [COVID vaccine] ...
Here’s how to address the confusing data hampering the USA's COVID response

Here’s how to address the confusing data hampering the USA’s COVID response

The challenges of defining the spread of COVID-19 relates in part to existing deficiencies – “We don’t really have a ...
Should schools reopen for in-class study? Evidence suggests they are not major COVID spreaders

Should schools reopen for in-class study? Evidence suggests they are not major COVID spreaders

Emerging data on contact tracing — which illuminates the origins of infections — shows that the virus does not seem ...
Marketers are beginning to use data mined from consumer DNA tests. Should we be worried?

Marketers are beginning to use data mined from consumer DNA tests. Should we be worried?

A woman lingers at a display of coffeemakers. Soon after, images of the very same contraptions festoon her Facebook feed, ...
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