How evolution could thwart the new COVID vaccines and what we can do to prevent that

How evolution could thwart the new COVID vaccines and what we can do to prevent that

The first drug against HIV brought dying patients back from the brink. But as excited doctors raced to get the ...
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How to assess the real safety risks of getting a COVID vaccine shot

It seems like we might have a vaccine on the way and some of this madness will stop. But, like everything ...
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When it comes to COVID, nurture trumps nature – so far

In the early weeks of the pandemic, as patients overwhelmed New York City hospitals, the clinical characteristics of the most ...
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Podcast: Beyond CRISPR and gene therapy—How ‘gene writing’ is poised to transform the treatment of even the rarest diseases

In just a few short years, gene editing has launched a biomedical revolution, yielding previously unimaginable treatments for conditions ranging ...
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Debating the prickly notion of identity: It’s different depending on your ideology

In 2020, much of the public discussion of social issues revolves around notions of identity. Ideas about race, reformulations of ...
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What did a teenage girl look like 9,000 years ago? Here is her face, reconstructed from bone fragments found in a cave in Greece

Swedish sculptor Oscar Nilsson reconstructed the face of an 18-year-old young woman, dubbed Avgi, whose 9,000-year-old bones were found in ...
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‘Like a fire alarm and a sprinkler system all in one’: Immune proteins keep some COVID patients from getting seriously ill

Dr. Megan Ranney has learned a lot about COVID-19 since she began treating patients with the disease in the emergency ...
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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We needed an official scientific name for the ‘warm and fuzzies’: It’s kama muta

The phenomenon is characterized by feelings of intense love ...
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Viewpoint: Social science dogma claims gender roles shape human sex differences but most theories as to why fall short

Scholarly debate over the magnitude and origin of human sex differences is seemingly interminable. As one might imagine, the arguments ...
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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 ...
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Despite poor healthcare, Africa leads the world in controlling COVID-19. Here are some reasons why

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on healthcare systems worldwide, but many African countries have done a commendable ...
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How mental health patients suffer from the overuse of psychotropic drugs

The standard of care for the severely mentally ill in the United States has drastically changed since the 1950s, when ...
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Podcast: Polymerase chain reaction—The ‘transformative’ tool that sparked a genetics revolution

In this episode we’re taking a look at the story and the characters behind one of the most transformative - ...
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Evolution’s ‘great leap forward’: When did humans cross the intelligence rubicon?

When did something like us first appear on the planet? It turns out there’s remarkably little agreement on this question ...
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African biotechnology advance: Vaccine breakthrough could prevent ‘catastrophic’ tick-borne diseases that cost farmers $19B annually

Livestock breeding is expected to be one of the engines of economic growth in Africa as it struggles to recover ...
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The COVID conspiracy theory that won’t go away: No, the novel coronavirus was not made in a lab — it came from bats

One of the conspiracy theories that have plagued attempts to keep people informed during the pandemic is the idea that ...
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Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright, and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics

The old adage about kids being resilient and able to bounce back from early traumas isn't necessarily borne out by ...
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Podcast: Can we harness the power of germline editing without inviting disaster?

Gene editing has moved rapidly from the lab to real-world applications in medicine, yielding novel treatments for diseases like sickle ...
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‘Organic electronics’ poised to create edgy new products, from bendable solar panels to transparent books to human-looking robots

Electronics made from carbon rather than silicon could lead to a new generation of medical devices, sensors and perhaps even ...
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How immunotherapy is revolutionizing cancer care

More than a century ago, in 1910, President William Howard Taft made what then seemed a bold but reasonable prediction: ...
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Viewpoint: The questionable science behind Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain hacking project

If thoughts, feelings and other mental activities are nothing more than electrochemical signals flowing around a vast network of brain ...
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Viewpoint: The chilling impact of the virulent spread of anti-science thinking

"Anti-scientific thinking" is a bad disease of our time, and one which may affect a wide range of human beings, ...
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Podcast: The Human Genome Project is 30 years old. What have we learned since its inception?

In this episode we bring you an in-depth interview with Dr Eric Green, director of the US National Human Genome ...
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Viewpoint: Uganda battles anti-GMO, anti-vaccine coalition agitating against COVID-19 immunization

A handful of activist groups are now working in tandem to undermine Uganda’s plans to inoculate its population against the ...
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Will ‘cancel culture’ claim Darwin?

Given the scientific and political luminaries who have fallen under the axe, it’s not beyond possibility that Charles Darwin himself ...
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Why evolution always goes in one direction

The diversity and complexity of life on Earth is astonishing: 8 million or more living species – from algae to ...
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Viewpoint: Great Barrington Declaration arguing for herd immunity ‘takes page from denialist propaganda playbook’

When you’ve been examining pseudoscientific and quack claims for over two decades, you start to recognize patterns in the strategies ...