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Creating Superman (and woman): Who benefits from human enhancement?

Using genetic modification, nanotechnology, bionics, reconstructive surgery, hormones, drugs or any combination of these approaches, real-life human enhancement is looking ...
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Podcast: Should you get your entire genome sequenced? The pros and cons of diving into your DNA

Given how little we know about how variations in the genome affect health and disease, is direct-to-consumer whole genome sequencing ...
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Viewpoint: We need to consider the psychological, behavioral implications of Elon Musk’s brain-computer interface

Despite the technical promise of wireless read-write brain-machine interfaces, companies like Neuralink are in danger of getting so wrapped up ...
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Curaleaf’s unproven claims that CBD treats cancer, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain draws FDA warning

The company Curaleaf claims that it has developed products that can treat a slew of the most formidable conditions found ...
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Knowledge without context: Why consumer genetic tests can spark needless fears, behavioral changes

Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are growing in popularity. They can tell us a lot about our personal building blocks. But there ...
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Podcast: AI-powered nutrition devices could cut exploding obesity rates. Will FDA rules keep them off the market?

Medical devices powered by artificial intelligence could help overweight people customize diets based on their biomarkers ...
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Inaccuracies in consumer genetic tests for BRCA mutations prompt call for crackdown from UK doctors

Senior doctors have called for a crackdown on consumer genetic tests, following an influx of patients who have been wrongly ...
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Viewpoint: Trump’s proposed drug price cap would threaten gene therapies, cell-based therapies by stifling innovation

President Trump has said he plans to issue an executive order to lower what the United States government would pay ...
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Viewpoint: Evidence for CBD oil as a miracle cure-all ‘isn’t impressive at all’

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is everywhere and seemingly in everything these days. It’s touted as a panacea for a massive range ...
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Viewpoint: FDA ‘accelerated’ drug approvals offer relief for critically ill patients. But more could be done.

Desperately-needed therapies often warrant early approvals ...
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Spinal cord tumor illustrates long-term risks of controversial stem cell therapies

Stem cell therapies have the potential to treat many conditions, but so far there’s little proof that they do. Even ...
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IVF nightmare: Fertility clinic glitch results in babies being born to wrong parents

Anni and Ashot Manukyan wanted their daughter to have a younger sibling, so they used a fertility clinic to try ...
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Herbal remedy kratom linked to seizures, addiction and deaths

The herbal remedy kratom, often touted as an alternative treatment for opioid withdrawal or chronic pain, is in for more ...
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Where is China’s third CRISPR baby and what does it mean for the genetics revolution?

Last November, Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui shocked the world by announcing that the word’s first gene edited human babies, two ...
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Predicting IQ potential of human embryos may be possible with machine learning, genetic data

[T]he diseases that are most likely to shadow the average person’s life — cancer, heart disease, diabetes — are polygenic, ...
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Deadly superbug Candida auris is wreaking havoc in hospitals. Where’s the research money needed to stop it?

In the universe of scary drug-resistant pathogens that can kill, Candida auris is having a moment. The freaky fungus, which ...
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Viewpoint: Why the New York Times failed with its coverage of overhyped probiotics obesity treatment

Adding to the steaming pile of unsubstantiated hype over probiotics, the New York Times ran an uncritical article ... suggesting ...
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‘Tremendous ethical challenge’: What if lab-grown brains are capable of developing consciousness?

At what point does electro-chemical activity in dissected brain-like tissue become conscious? Yes, I’m talking about the classic sci-fi “brain ...
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Will China tell the world about its third controversial CRISPR baby?

The Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, held in Hong Kong last November, was meant to debate the pros ...
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Inside the quest to find a place in modern medicine for magic mushrooms as a treatment for depression, other mental illnesses

Today, with a net worth of roughly $400 million accrued through various enterprises, [German financier Christian] Angermayer is one of ...
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‘Uncharted territory’: Doctors struggle with patient demand for unproven CBD supplements

[Jacqueline] French, a neurologist at New York University’s Langone Health, tries to steer her patients away from sprinting to the ...
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FDA warns kratom sellers to stop making unproven claims about chronic pain, opioid addiction benefits

The Food and Drug Administration is still pressing down hard on kratom—the plant treatment that adherents say has helped them ...
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FDA regulatory dilemma: Are fecal transplants drugs, human tissue, or something new?

For the past several years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been trying to figure out how to regulate ...
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9 questions about biohacking and the quest to upgrade the human body

As biohacking starts to appear more often in headlines, it’s worth getting clear on some of the fundamentals. Here are ...
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Why CRISPR patents matter to a world worried about designer babies, rogue scientists and curing disease

In the midst of widespread disapproval of creating “designer babies,” fear of rogue scientists editing the genome of future generations, ...
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Podcast: Talking CRISPR with controversial biohacker Josiah Zayner

Is biohacking a crime? Who came up with the latest CRISPR trick? And did Rage Against the Machine sell out? ...
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Like it or not, the ‘Pandora’s box’ of gene-edited babies has been opened

Denis Rebrikov is the head of a genome-editing laboratory at the Kulakov National Medical Research Center for Obstetrics, Russia’s largest ...
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5 ways we could pay for expensive life-saving gene therapies

We have arrived at a special moment in health care. Innovative, life-changing gene therapies are here that will cure or ...