Vasectomies are becoming a political statement

Vasectomies are becoming a political statement

The fate of male reproductive organs is not a traditional concern in debates about the environment. But this is the ...
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 ...
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Using CRISPR to fight antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’

The superbugs are winning the antibiotics wars. CRISPR could turn the tide ...
'We humans might never have evolved': Chance is the central narrative of human evolution

‘We humans might never have evolved’: Chance is the central narrative of human evolution

Prince Hamlet spent a lot of time pondering the nature of chance and probability in William Shakespeare’s tragedy. In the ...
Cloned ferret Elizabeth Ann and the future of conservation: The promises and perils of biotechnology

Cloned ferret Elizabeth Ann and the future of conservation: The promises and perils of biotechnology

From Borneo to Britain, it’s the scientific breakthrough that captured the world’s attention. No, not the Perseverance rover landing on ...
Anxious about getting a COVID vaccine because you don't know what's in it? We know a lot more about it than the safety of hot dogs

Anxious about getting a COVID vaccine because you don’t know what’s in it? We know a lot more about it than the safety of hot dogs

“So, you’ve been eatin’ hot dogs and chicken nuggets all your life and you don’t want the vaccine ‘cuz you ...
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8 advocacy organizations and websites spreading misinformation about technology, chemicals, food and environmental risk

8 advocacy organizations and websites spreading misinformation about technology, chemicals, food and environmental risk

Are you worried about the environment and the 'proliferation of unnecessary chemicals'? Concerned that CRISPR and other forms of genetic ...
Fighting the next pandemic: Antibiotic resistance

Fighting the next pandemic: Antibiotic resistance

If a two-year-old child living in poverty in India or Bangladesh gets sick with a common bacterial infection, there is ...
Podcast: Dogology—The science of our four-legged friends

Podcast: Dogology—The science of our four-legged friends

Geneticist Kat Arney brings you some scientific tails as we explore the genetics of dog breeds and behaviour ...
Part 2: Why is Africa the global COVID-19 'cold spot'? — The historical challenge of disentangling genes and environment

Part 2: Why is Africa the global COVID-19 ‘cold spot’? — The historical challenge of disentangling genes and environment

Does greater prior exposure to pathogens, including other recent coronaviruses, help explain why Africa is a COVID-19 cold spot, despite ...
Part 1: Defying all predictions, Africa is the global COVID-19 ‘cold spot’. How come health officials and the media are not honestly exploring why?

Part 1: Defying all predictions, Africa is the global COVID-19 ‘cold spot’. How come health officials and the media are not honestly exploring why?

The first confirmed COVID-19 case in Africa was on February 14, 2020 in Egypt. The first in sub-Saharan Africa appeared ...
Viewpoint: New York Times' Nicholas Kristof echoes scientifically dubious fears about falling sperm counts and ‘endocrine disrupting’ chemicals

Viewpoint: New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof echoes scientifically dubious fears about falling sperm counts and ‘endocrine disrupting’ chemicals

The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof has shown an admirable commitment over the years towards highlighting under-reported stories. He fights ...
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Why cousin marriages can wreak genetic havoc on children

The link between cousin marriages and genetic disorders in offspring is a growing problem in several countries ...
Human evolutionary timeline: Key moments in the emergence of our species

Human evolutionary timeline: Key moments in the emergence of our species

The long evolutionary journey that created modern humans began with a single step—or more accurately—with the ability to walk on ...
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 ...
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