Evoking Jeff Goldblum’s ‘The Fly’: Does growing human ‘brains-in-a-dish’ and creating chimeras cross a bioethical line?

Evoking Jeff Goldblum’s ‘The Fly’: Does growing human ‘brains-in-a-dish’ and creating chimeras cross a bioethical line?

Bits of human brain growing in a lab dish can reveal a great deal about how a disease begins and ...
Coffee reduces risk of heart failure? What are we to make of a new study based on artificial intelligence (AI)

Coffee reduces risk of heart failure? What are we to make of a new study based on artificial intelligence (AI)

When I was starting out in epidemiology in the early 1980’s I attended a lecture by Thomas Pearson, a cardiologist, ...
Can anything be done to counter anti-vaccination activists?

Can anything be done to counter anti-vaccination activists?

Recently, anti-vaxxers protests shut down the mass vaccination program underway at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. In Israel, the global poster child ...
Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing quickly decimated two caged populations of malaria-bearing mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) in a recent study, introducing a new ...
Podcast: When science and politics collide: How JBS Haldane's radical views clouded his scientific mind

Podcast: When science and politics collide: How JBS Haldane’s radical views clouded his scientific mind

Dr Kat Arney explores the life and complex legacy of JBS Haldane, whose work, writing and dominant personality made him ...
Reversing aging: We can turn back cognitive decline in mice. Will the same techniques work on humans?

Reversing aging: We can turn back cognitive decline in mice. Will the same techniques work on humans?

The ageing global population is the greatest challenge faced by 21st-century healthcare systems. Even COVID-19 is, in a sense, a ...
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Top 10 biotech propagandizers: Who are the science deniers and snake oil peddlers undermining science in agriculture and medicine?

Anti-science beliefs are proliferating, particularly on the biotechnology and genetics front, covering a range of issues from vaccine denialism to ...
Viewpoint: Female, younger, better-educated and affluent - How ‘alternative medicine’ has taken America by storm and endangered lives

Viewpoint: Female, younger, better-educated and affluent – How ‘alternative medicine’ has taken America by storm and endangered lives

I am a skeptic and a curmudgeon, so I was surprised when a friend of 30 years asked if she ...
Have any of Earth's creatures stopped evolving?

Have any of Earth’s creatures stopped evolving?

Some of the planet's more bizarre creatures have prompted some observers to suggest that evolution, on occasion, is stopped in ...
We might be able to protect ourselves against future pandemics by gene editing embryos

We might be able to protect ourselves against future pandemics by gene editing embryos

Hollywood blockbusters such as X-men, Gattaca and Jurassic World have explored the intriguing concept of “germline genome editing” – a biomolecular technique that can ...
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‘New story unfolding’: Ancient finger bones found in Asia force a rethinking of human migration

Politics, geography, and tradition have long focused archaeological attention on the evolution of Homo sapiens in Europe and Africa. Now, ...
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Can we have an open debate about IQ, genes, and group differences? Reassessing the legacy of James Flynn

I once spoke to a human geneticist who declared that the notion of intelligence was quite meaningless, so I tried ...
Dawn beckons as COVID vaccines roll out, but the next few months promise to be the darkest yet, and echoes of the AIDS era

Dawn beckons as COVID vaccines roll out, but the next few months promise to be the darkest yet, and echoes of the AIDS era

One strange aspect of plagues is that they often finish strong. I learned this the hard way last time around ...
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 ...
Podcast: Brushing your teeth keeps you young? Ageing research uncovers new clues in the quest to live a longer, healthier life

Podcast: Brushing your teeth keeps you young? Ageing research uncovers new clues in the quest to live a longer, healthier life

Dr Kat Arney takes a look at the biological changes that underpin ageing, and how we can use this knowledge ...
The faux argument of natural vs synthetic

The faux argument of natural vs synthetic

There are many confrontations on the battlefield of cyberspace. Vaccine proponents versus anti-vaxxers. Creationists versus evolutionary biologists. Anti-fluoride activists versus ...
Are Trump and Biden showing early signs of dementia? It's time to look beyond arm-chair psychiatry and politics to science

Are Trump and Biden showing early signs of dementia? It’s time to look beyond arm-chair psychiatry and politics to science

In 2020, while the United States was locked in one of the most polarizing presidential elections and post-election period in ...
When the faster-spreading and more virulent COVID-19 mutant came to my home town, it shook up everyone. Here's an explainer of what it foreshadows

When the faster-spreading and more virulent COVID-19 mutant came to my home town, it shook up everyone. Here’s an explainer of what it foreshadows

When a new variant of the COVID-19 virus appeared in the UK as 2020 drew to a close, I didn’t ...
The truth about the COVID vaccines: Everything you need to know about the fastest vaccines ever developed

The truth about the COVID vaccines: Everything you need to know about the fastest vaccines ever developed

The COVID-19 vaccine was developed faster than any other vaccine in history, which has caused some concern to those that ...
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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 ...
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Inherited blindness has a new cure, thanks to CRISPR

In recent months, even as our attention has been focused on the coronavirus outbreak, there have been a slew of ...
A dangerous stage in the evolution of the novel coronavirus is upon us with the discovery of "escape mutations". Artificial intelligence may be our best response

A dangerous stage in the evolution of the novel coronavirus is upon us with the discovery of “escape mutations”. Artificial intelligence may be our best response

Real life with COVID-19 is now scarier than anything a sci-fi writer could envision. So-called “escape mutations” that can turn ...
The Anti-Vaxx Playbook: Exposing the 5-step anti-vaxx conversion program escalating the COVID pandemic. Its proponents include Barbara Loe Fisher, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Sherri Tenpenny

The Anti-Vaxx Playbook: Exposing the 5-step anti-vaxx conversion program escalating the COVID pandemic. Its proponents include Barbara Loe Fisher, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Sherri Tenpenny

The Anti-Vaxx Playbook is based on in-depth analysis of speeches and presentations by leading digital anti-vaccine advocates at a meeting ...
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 ...
Podcast: How do mRNA vaccines work and why were they developed so fast?

Podcast: How do mRNA vaccines work and why were they developed so fast?

Geneticist Dr Kat Arney takes a look at the discovery of messenger RNA (mRNA) and finds out how mRNA vaccines ...
There is a lot of misinformation about COVID, the available vaccines and their effectiveness. These 7 insights will help clear that up.

There is a lot of misinformation about COVID, the available vaccines and their effectiveness. These 7 insights will help clear that up.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been many thousands of articles and commentaries published on almost every ...
What do 'non-identical identical twins' have to do with COVID-19? Mutations!

What do ‘non-identical identical twins’ have to do with COVID-19? Mutations!

Identical twins Stella and Desiree Vignes were born in 1938 in a Louisiana town so small that it wasn’t on ...
Viewpoint: COVID vaccine successes have made headway in rebutting facile arguments about the dangers of biotechnology

Viewpoint: COVID vaccine successes have made headway in rebutting facile arguments about the dangers of biotechnology

It turns out that, despite the destruction and heartbreak caused by the COVID pandemic, there is a silver lining: Scientists ...
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