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Research integrity and why bad science has become such a problem

Science depends on corroboration — that is, researchers verify others’ results, often making incremental advances as they do so.  The ...
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Gene editing police? World Health Organization may take on the job

Who’s going to police CRISPR? That was the cry of many scientists after news broke at the end of last ...
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‘Suicide’ headaches? Magic mushrooms or LSD could offer relief

Hallucinogenic drugs, particularly lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and psilocybin, are classified as Schedule 1, but scientists and physicians believe they ...
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Esketamine touted as ‘game changer’ for depression—but who gets to use it?

[Recently,] the Food and Drug Administration approved Johnson & Johnson’s Spravato, the nasal spray version of a ketamine-like sedative, for ...
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Stem cell therapy ‘sold as a miracle cure’ linked to 17 bacterial hospitalizations

Over the past year, at least 17 people have been hospitalized after being injected with products made from umbilical cord ...
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Esketamine nasal spray, touted as biggest advance in years for treating depression, gets FDA approval

The Food and Drug Administration approved a novel antidepressant late Tuesday [March 5] for people with depression that does not ...
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UN: ‘Unintended consequences’ of CRISPR gene editing among top 5 ’emerging’ environmental concerns

Genetic engineering, the consequences of thawing permafrost soils and the fragmentation of animal and human habitats through gigantic construction projects ...
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Using personality types to predict cancer? Why was this 30-year-old case of ‘probable scientific fraud’ never investigated?

The Journal of Health Psychology has just published an extraordinary pair of papers that call for a new inquiry into a 30-year ...
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Polio almost eradicated. Here’s why we can’t simply ‘declare victory’

So far this year, there have been six known cases of polio infection, in Afghanistan and Pakistan—two of the three countries left ...
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Bioweapons research gets quiet OK from National Institutes of Health: Here’s why that could be ‘horrific’

For more than a decade now, two scientists–one in the U.S. and one in the Netherlands–have been trying to create ...
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This small startup wants to change FDA clinical trials by making control groups unnecessary

Could a startup founded by two guys in their 20s change the way medical researchers study patients? The Food and ...
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Challenging Nature’s decision to run a stem cell advertisement portrayed as research

Readers of Nature, one of the world’s most important scientific journals, might have been struck recently by an audacious claim ...
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Predatort Part II: How predatory lawyers, activist scientists hijacked IARC—International Agency for Research on Cancer—for personal profit and ideological vanity

How the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has forsaken academic integrity and knowingly contributes to the Predatort litigation ...
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‘Morally appropriate’? Entomologists question effort to eradicate disease-causing tsetse fly in Africa

Sleeping sickness (or trypanosomiasis), endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, is a horribly debilitating disease. … [Why not] end sleeping sickness by ...
Did China's government fund the controversial 'CRISPR babies' experiment?

Did China’s government fund the controversial ‘CRISPR babies’ experiment?

Three government institutions in China, including the nation’s science ministry, may have funded the “CRISPR babies” study that led to ...
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Did China’s CRISPR babies have their brains enhanced? It’s possible.

The brains of two genetically edited girls born in China last year may have been changed in ways that enhance ...
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Should all women get BRCA genetic testing as part of ‘routine medical care’? Key panel says ‘no’

Primary care providers should screen women for personal, family and/or ethnic history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer to ...
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Esketamine could soon be approved for depression, prompting ‘excitement and hesitation’

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to approve esketamine, which would become the ...
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‘Young blood’ plasma treatments unproven, possibly dangerous, says FDA

Federal health regulators on [February 19] warned consumers against controversial “young blood” treatments — plasma infusions from young donors marketed for conditions ...
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Gene drives: Why the best option for fighting mosquito-borne diseases is the ‘mosquito itself’

Gene drives are now a viable method of fighting mosquito-borne disease ...
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Séralini pseudoscience syndicate: Lessons learned from decade-long assault on biotechnology orchestrated by French geneticist

A look at Séralini's modus operandi can equip journalists and other interested observers to turn a critical eye on Séralini ...
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What’s the future of human gene editing? Balancing ethical and religious concerns with evidence-based uses of genetic technologies

The November announcement of CRISPR-created babies provoked an intense uproar from scientists, ethicists and the public alike. Fears of independent ...
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Fighting depression: Nasal-based ketamine spray clears key FDA hurdle

One of the largest hurdles to ketamine becoming a mainstream depression treatment may have just been cleared. On [February 12], ...
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Are DIY designer babies a real possibility?

[Bryan] Bishop, a 29-year-old programmer and Bitcoin investor, has been leaving a trail of comments about human “enhancement” on the ...
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Viewpoint: Gene drive technology could eliminate malaria. But we must get it right, first

People don’t give people malaria: The 460 species of mosquitoes in the genus Anopheles do, and researchers are taking aim at them ...
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What the CRISPR baby controversy can teach us about ethics through the ages

[H]ow should we assess the ethics of new biomedical procedures when we know that society’s views may change?  More specifically, ...
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Stanford investigating whether faculty has ties to controversial Chinese CRISPR baby experiment

Officials at Stanford University have opened an investigation into what several high-profile faculty members knew about a Chinese effort to ...
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Science and religion: Why ‘needless hostility’ could be hampering scientific discovery

I am no apologist for religion. As a psychologist, I believe that the scientific method provides the best tools with ...